Nebraska loses to No. 2 Michigan 62-47 Print
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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 17:55
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 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Ray Gallegos took shot after shot, scoring Nebraska's final 13 points in a desperate attempt to rally his team.
Against No. 2 Michigan, it wasn't nearly enough.
``They are really good - they are second in the nation - and they've got enough guys who can score that they finally got going at the end,'' Gallegos said. ``We just need to work harder in practice on stopping offenses like that.''
Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and Michigan equaled its best start to a season with a 62-47 victory Wednesday night.
The Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) overcame their shakiest shooting performance in a while, holding the lead for the entire second half. The only other Michigan team to start 16-0 was the 1985-86 squad that went on to win the Big Ten title.
Gallegos scored 19 points for Nebraska (9-7, 0-3), which held the Wolverines to 39 percent shooting. Michigan, which beat its first two conference opponents by 28 points apiece, went 3 of 17 from 3-point range.
``We thought, `Hey, they've been shooting the 3 great. They've got to return to the mean,''' Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. ``And we were fortunate. They didn't shoot the 3 well.''
Trey Burke scored 18 points for the Wolverines and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Robinson intercepted a pass near midcourt and went in alone for a soaring dunk that put Michigan ahead 47-39. After a 3-pointer by Gallegos cut the lead to five, Robinson slammed down a missed shot by teammate Caris LeVert to make it a seven-point game.
Michigan's Mitch McGary went diving on the floor for a loose ball, causing a jump ball that gave possession to the Wolverines. The 6-foot-10 freshman then began waving his arms, trying to pump up the crowd.
``As long as we can run our offense and execute, there's people on this team that can score no matter what,'' McGary said. ``Tonight, we weren't hitting shots like we wanted to, so we just needed to make up for it on the defensive end, and I think we did that.''
McGary's layup at the other end made it 51-42, and Hardaway's two free throws put Michigan up by double digits for the first time.
The 1985-86 Wolverines, featuring Roy Tarpley and Glen Rice, had the program's most recent regular-season conference title until last season's team finished tied atop the Big Ten. Michigan breezed through its first two league games this season but found the going a bit tough against the plodding Cornhuskers.
Nebraska, coming off a 47-41 loss to Wisconsin, was content to keep the pace slow, and the Wolverines couldn't pull away. Michigan didn't help itself by going 17 of 26 from the free throw line.
``It's tough because this is the same thing we did against Wisconsin,'' Gallegos said. ``We gave ourselves a chance, but we didn't make the hustle plays that we needed to make. They got a lot of offensive rebounds and a lot of second-chance points, and that hurt us.''
Michigan turned the ball over only five times and had 16 offensive rebounds.
Toward the end, the home crowd began chanting ``Beat Ohio'' - Michigan plays at No. 15 Ohio State on Sunday.
Nebraska has held 15 of its 16 opponents under 50 percent shooting, but the Cornhuskers couldn't score enough down the stretch. A layup by Brandon Ubel with 12:51 remaining was the last scoring contribution by any Nebraska player besides Gallegos.
After that, Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas tossed up a wild shot on a drive to the basket. It missed, but he was able to keep the ball inbounds for his teammates before setting up over in the right corner. Stauskas eventually made a 3 to put Michigan up 43-34.

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