Syracuse 25 31 56
Michigan 36 25 61
Date of game: 4/6/2013

Recap: Michigan vs. Syracuse

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Michigan solved Syracuse's puzzling 2-3 zone in the first half and did just enough over the final 20 minutes.

And the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament will get a chance to do something the great Fab Five squads couldn't do in the early 1990s: win a national title.

Mitch McGary tallied 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the Wolverines' 61-56 triumph over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday.

"The guys need me to step up when the moment's needed," McGary said of his outstanding tournament run so far. "I'm just getting a lot of open looks and make good decisions."

Michigan (31-7) is looking for its first national championship since 1989 when it takes on Louisville Monday night.

During the Fab Five era, the 1992 Michigan team lost the championship game to Duke, while the 1993 squad fell to North Carolina in the title game.

Syracuse trailed by as many as 11 early in the second half, but clamped down defensively and pulled within 57-56 with 41 seconds remaining after James Southerland hit his one and only 3-pointer of the game.

After National Player of the Year Trey Burke, who was limited to just seven points on 1-of-8 shooting, split two free throws with 28 ticks left, Brandon Triche was called for a charge at the other end. Triche drove past freshman Caris LeVert along the right wing, but Jordan Morgan stepped in and drew the offensive foul.

"I probably should have made a better decision. Probably should have pulled up, you know, and pulled up for a jump shot instead of actually taking it all the way down there because I did see him," Triche said of the play.

Jon Horford, though, made 1-of-2 from the line to keep it a one-possession game with 17 seconds to play.

Surprisingly, Syracuse didn't go for a potentially game-tying 3-pointer. Trevor Cooney drove in the paint instead and the ball was blocked away. Tim Hardaway Jr. saved it from going out of bounds and Morgan finished with an emphatic dunk at the other end to seal the outcome.

Hardaway netted 13 points, but was just 4-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-10 from beyond the arc in the win.

C.J. Fair netted 22 points to lead the Orange (30-10), who were unable to complete an all-Big East final in the league's last season before breaking apart.

Syracuse last won a national title in 2003.

Syracuse came in allowing a slim 45.75 points per game during the tournament. Its opponents shot a paltry 28.9 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from 3-point range against the lengthy and athletic zone.

Montana (34), top-seeded Indiana (50), and Marquette (39) were limited to their lowest point totals of the season, but using crisp passing and ball movement, the Wolverines managed to shoot 44.8 percent and 6-of-17 from downtown in the first half and entered the break with a 36-25 edge.

"They have a lot of length. It's tough to try to get the ball into the middle," Burke said of the zone. "You think something's open, it may not be. They pride theirselfs in deflection. We just tried to be as careful as possible. We know they strive off of turnovers. They do a good job of turning turnovers into touchdowns. We gave up some good looks, sometimes we shot some looks that weren't necessarily there."

Fair tallied nine of his teams first 14 points as the Orange jumped out to a five-point lead a little over seven minutes in.

But a triple by LeVert and a three-point play by Horford put Michigan on top, 15-14, and the Wolverines pulled away later in the half as they closed the opening 20 minutes on a 21-8 run. Burke nailed a triple to cap the surge.

Fair led an Orange charge in the second half.

Back-to-back dunks by Glenn Robinson III and McGary vaulted Michigan to a 43-32 spread with 15:10 to play before Fair netted five points during a 9-2 spurt to get Syracuse within 45-41 during the middle stages of the stanza.

A Fair jumper a bit later trimmed the spread to 48-45 before the Wolverines responded with five straight to take their eight-point advantage.

Michigan was held to 33.3 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes.

Game Notes

This is Michigan head coach John Beilein's first win over Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim in 10 chances ... Triche finished with 11 points and eight assists ... The Wolverines were 8-of-24 from beyond the arc, while the Orange finished just 3-of-14 from downtown.

Austin Peay dismisses running back Williams

Austin Peay State University said it has dismissed leading returning rusher Omar Williams from the football team for academic reasons on Friday.

Harvick claims Darlington pole

Kevin Harvick became the eighth different pole winner in as many Sprint Cup Series races this season after posting the fastest lap in the final round of Friday's knockout-style qualifying for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Report: Raiders to cut Pryor if they can't trade him

The Oakland Raiders will cut quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday if they are unable to trade him, according to Fox Sports.

White Sox place Paulino on DL

The Chicago White Sox have placed pitcher Felipe Paulino on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Raptors GM Ujiri apologizes for expletive

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made disparaging remarks towards the Brooklyn Nets during a fan rally outside the Air Canada Centre prior to Saturday's Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Flyers G Emery to start Game 2

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Saturday that goaltender Ray Emery will start Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
Experience Baylor summer camp - a 70 year tradition of summer fun and adventure. What are you waiting for? Make the most of summer by signing up today!
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Register now for St. Nicholas summer camp whose mission & purpose is to provide a fun learning experience for children, developing physical, cultural, social and intellectual abilities.
Click here to enter for your chance to win a Bojangles Breakfast Combo. Then, watch WDEF News 12 This Morning for daily winner announcements!
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.