Kansasst 24 33 57
Michigan 29 42 71
Date of game: 11/23/2012

Recap: Michigan vs. Kansas State

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points and the fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines used a strong second half to beat the Kansas State Wildcats, 71-57, in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

However, Hardaway left the game late in the second half after taking a knee to the back of his head. Hardaway passed all concussion tests, the team announced after the game.

Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas added 10 points apiece for the Wolverines (5-0), who shot 51.8 percent from the field.

"It was definitely a goal. It was one of our first goals to win the NIT Championship," Burke said. "We did a great job of taking one game at a time. The coaching staff did a good job of preparing us each and every game. We won a hard-fought game against Pitt and a hard-fought game today."

Rodney McGruder ended with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (5-1), who shot 36.7 percent from the floor. Angel Rodriguez donated 10 points and six assists in defeat.

Michigan jumped out to a 10-point lead early on, but Kansas State responded with a 9-1 spurt. Rodriguez's 3-pointer and Jordan Henriquez's jumper cut the gap to 22-20 with 5:37 left in the opening 20 minutes

The Wolverines answered with four straight points and eventually took a 29-24 lead into the locker room.

Michigan created some distance with a 14-3 run to start the second half. Hardaway tallied six points during the surge to make it a 43-27 contest with 14:44 remaining.

The Wolverines used an 8-0 burst minutes later to extend their margin to 51-30.

It remained a double-digit game the rest of the way.

"The second half, they got away from us," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber admitted. "They are the best in transition."

Game Notes

Michigan holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series ... Hardaway won the NIT Season Tip-Off Most Outstanding Player award ... The Wolverines outscored the Wildcats by a 42-33 margin in the second half.

North Carolina A&T QB no longer on team

Potential MEAC favorite North Carolina A&T will be without starting quarterback Kwashaun Quick for the 2015 season due to a violation of team rules.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Kenseth puts winless streak behind him

Prior to Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, it had been a while since Matt Kenseth was in victory lane for a points race in the Sprint Cup Series.

49ers great St. Clair dies at 84

Hall of Famer Bob St. Clair, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle who played all 11 of his NFL seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, died Monday at the age of 84.

Rockies activate De La Rosa to start vs. Padres

The Colorado Rockies activated pitcher Jorge De La Rose from the 15-day disabled list to start against the Padres in Monday's opener of a four-game set.

Capitals' Fehr out 2 games after check

Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr will miss the next two games of their first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders after being injured on a check, his coach said.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.