College Hoops: ACC/Big 10 Challenge
Charles E. Sutton | 12/2/2012, 4:12 p.m.
No. 3 Michigan 79, No. 18 N.C. State 72
Point guard Trey Burke had 18 points and 11 assists, and No. 3 Michigan thwarted a late surge by No. 18 N.C. State in a 79-72 victory Tuesday night in Ann Arbor.
Burke controlled the game throughout, going the entire game without a turnover and equaling his previous career high of nine assists. Freshman Nik Stauskas led the Wolverine scoring with 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16.
N.C. State (4-2) was down 73-58 prior to going on a 10-0 run capped T.J. Warren's layup with 2:11 left. Hardaway responded with a driving bank shot.
The score was 75-70 when the Wolfpack forced a turnover and called a timeout with 54.4 seconds remaining, but C.J. Leslie was whistled for an offensive foul. Warren led N.C. State with 18 points.
Michigan had four first half turnovers and only six for the game. N.C. State shot 57 percent from the floor but dropped its fifth consecutive contest in the ACC/ Big Ten challenge. The Wolfpack trailed 73-58 before making a game of it down the stretch. Warren scored on a 3-on-1 fast break to cut the lead to 73-68. He drew a foul on the play but missed the free throw that would have brought N.C. State to within four.
In five of its six games this season, Michigan has committed 10 or fewer turnovers.
Virginia Tech 95, Iowa 79
Erick Green scored 24 points and Robert Brown added 18, leading Virginia Tech to a solid win over Iowa.
The Hokies (6-0) went on a 19-1 run spanning the halves, then weathered a run that brought the Hawkeyes within 57-54 with 12 minutes remaining. Virginia Tech then outscored Iowa 12-4 to expand the margin. The win, under the leadership of first-year coach James Johnson, gave the Hokies their first 6-0 start since 1982-83.
Aaron White led the scoring for the Hawkeyes (5-2) with 21 points, and Roy Devyn Marble had 18.
No. 21 Minnesota 77, Florida State 68
Minnesota beat defending ACC champion Florida State, as Joe Coleman scored 16 points and Rodney Williams added 14. The Gophers (7-1) never trailed. They led 38-25 at halftime and by as much as 21 in the second half. The Gophers only defeat was to No. 2 Duke on Thanksgiving.
Reserve Terrance Shannon led Florida State (4-2) with 14 points and 11 boards. They have now lost five straight games in the annual ACC/ Big Ten challenge dating back to a 2007 win over the Gophers.