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Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 12:09 a.m.

Aloha means Duke wins: Michigan basketball team is Blue Devils latest victim at Maui Invitational

By Nick Baumgardner


Duke guard Seth Curry drive by Michigan guard Trey Burke (3) in the first half of the Blue Devils' 82-75 win Tuesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

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Updated 12:09 a.m.

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The Michigan basketball team entered Tuesday looking for a bit of revenge. It received the same thing everyone else has ever gotten from Duke in Maui.

A loss.

No. 6 Duke shot a scorching 52.4 percent from 3-point range (11-for-21) and improved to 14-0 all-time at the Maui Invitational, handing No. 15 Michigan its first loss of the season in the process with an 82-75 win at the Lahaina Civic Center.

"They got off to a quick start," Michigan coach John Beilein said after the loss. "I counted, in the first four times down the floor (to open the game), we had a turnover.


Nick Baumgardner’s recap of Tuesday night’s Maui Invitational game:

Michigan began the game in a 9-0 hole and allowed Duke to push the lead up to 15 later in the first half. The Wolverines cut the lead to as few as four in the second half, but Duke had an answer every time, shooting 11-for-21 from 3-point range for the game to secure the win.

Duke held Michigan sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scoreless (0-for-6) during the first half. He responded with a terrific second half, scoring all of his team-high 19 points after the break on 6-for-8 shooting.

With Michigan struggling to find any offensive flow in the first half, it was freshman point guard Trey Burke who put the team on his back. Burke had eight points and three assists in the game's first 20 minutes before finishing with 17 points and nine assists, shining on a national stage for the second straight day.

"The first four times down the floor, we had a turnover (to open the game). We were chasing them the whole time, they’re not a great team to chase."
Michigan coach John Beilein


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"We were chasing them the whole time, and that's not a great team to chase."

The Blue Devils have handed the Wolverines their last two losses. Duke ended Michigan's 2010-11 season with a 73-71 win during the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament in March.

With the loss, Michigan (4-1) moves on to face UCLA in the tournament's third-place game on Wednesday (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

Duke will play Kansas at 10 p.m., seeking its fifth tournament title.

The Blue Devils (6-0) put four players in double figures, led by freshman guard Austin Rivers, who finished with 20 points and four rebounds. Guards Seth Curry (17 points) and Andre Dawkins (14 points) combined to shoot 7-for-12 from behind the arc.

Michigan, meanwhile, was once again paced by freshman point guard Trey Burke, who dropped in 17 points and nine assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 19 points, all of them coming in the second half.

"Thank goodness we had a working margin because (Michigan) never gave up," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We played really well and they played well. We just played a little bit better."

After starting the game in a 9-0 hole and falling behind by as many as 15 in the first half, thanks to a 10-for-29 shooting performance, Michigan immediately showed a pulse to start the second.

A pair of easy dunks from sophomore forward Jordan Morgan -- both on assists from Burke -- driving layups by Evan Smotrycz and Burke and a long-distance 3-pointer from Hardaway in the half's first three minutes whittled a 12-point deficit all the way to 37-33.

Duke would have an answer, though, pushing the lead back up to nine three minutes later with a pair of Ryan Kelly foul shots before Curry polished off a 12-3 run with Duke's ninth 3-pointer of the night, making it 63-48 Blue Devils with 7:45 to go.

"They answered continually," Beilein said. "Rivers was so good with the ball creating, drawing and finding people. They made some tough shots and they created opportunities with walk-in 3's, which were a killer."

Michigan didn't quit, climbing back within eight after a Stu Douglass jumper at the 2:24 mark before back-to-back layups by Hardaway made it a six-point affair with just 1:05 to go.

Hardaway and Novak both hit 3-pointers during the game's final 40 seconds to pull within five, but Duke went 11-for-14 from the stripe in the final minute to ice the win.

Morgan finished with 12 points and six rebounds for Michigan, while Novak contributed 11 points and five rebounds before fouling out.

"We'll go back and watch this film relatively quickly so we can learn things and make Michigan basketball better," Novak said. "This was a quick turnaround and there's a reason why everyone is saying this is one of the best fields that's ever been in this tournament.

"Right now our focus has to be that we've got a chance to get third here. That's really all we can focus on."

Michigan found itself digging out of a hole from the get-go. A Rivers runner in the lane capped off a 9-0 Blue Devil run to the begin the game.

The Wolverines inched back within two after a Burke layup with 11:42 to go before the half, but that's as close as they could come early.

Duke got back-to-back 3-pointers from Curry and Kelly before Rivers hit another runner, capping a 17-4 run and stretching the Blue Devils' edge to 30-15 with 4:52 to go in the first. Duke would take a 34-22 lead into the locker room.

Michigan found no flow during the first half, shooting 10-for-29 from the floor, 2-for-10 from 3-point range. Duke, meanwhile, scored at a 65 percent clip (13-for-20) over the game's first 20 minutes.

It was Michigan's second straight game in as many days against a top 10 opponent, and though it was the Wolverines' first loss, Beilein wasn't too down.

Michigan would've loved to win, but for now, the Wolverines' fifth-year coach likes where his team is tracking.

"I really like the way we're competing," Beilein said. "I like the progress.

"But, obviously there's not a kid here that didn't think we could've won that game if we played a little better."

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 1:24 p.m.

They played two Top-10 teams and came out 1-1 after a struggle with the shooting game with their first couple of opponents, all cupcakes. I'm very happy with their performance. It's nice to know they already have a high profile win this early in the season. Go Blue


Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 11:42 p.m.

I wish I could say I'm happy with the play. I just can't be content with so much emphasis on the 3 point shots. Way too many times I player wide open passes outside for a miss. Take the easier shot and get two. They do have potential but the shooting just is not good enough to shoot so many 3s. Also to not have any player in double figures in rebounding to me is a problem. Rebounding is very important for both offense and defense.


Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 12:13 p.m.

It was an exciting game (if a little frustrating for Michigan fans). It's great to see our guys compete with the best and give them a run for their money. Maybe the third time will be the charm for Michigan vs. Duke in March.