|#4||Michigan (30-7) ||67|
|#4||Syracuse (30-9) ||70|
If the 2013 NCAA Tournament does in fact represent Jim Boeheim's swan
song, what a way to bow out. The Syracuse coach has his squad playing
perhaps the best defense in the tournament, as Orange opponents have been
held to 28.9 percent shooting and have combined to connect on 14 of 91
three-point attempts (15.4 percent). The Michigan Wolverines are the latest
team tasked with solving the riddle of Boeheim's zone defense.
Michigan quickly established that they would not be befuddled by the
Syracuse 2-3 zone defense. Tim Hardaway, Jr. connected on a three-pointer 12
seconds into the game, one of five first-half makes by the Wolverines.
Michigan built a lead that stretched to eight but a Michael Carter-Williams
free throw and a James Southerland buzzer-beating three-point jumper cut the
Wolverine advantage to 33-29 heading into the break.
The Orange carried their momentum into the second stanza, scoring the
first six points to capture a 35-33 lead. The two teams traded baskets
before Syracuse used an 11-2 run to go ahead 61-50 with four minutes
remaining. Facing elimination, Michigan clawed its way back and cut the
deficit to 69-67 on a Glenn Robinson III trey with 12 seconds remaining.
C.J. Fair then missed two free throws, giving the Wolverines a chance to tie
or take the lead. Long-range ace Nik Stauskas hoisted a triple from the
right corner but 6'10" Baye Keita closed out and blocked the attempt,
securing the ball and the win.
Syracuse placed four starters in double figures, led by Brandon Triche's
17 points. Carter-Williams added 14 points, eight assists and four steals.
Michigan's Trey Burke recorded 13 points, seven dimes and three steals in
the losing effort. Four other Wolverines scored in double figures as well,
while Mitch McGary was the game leader with nine rebounds.
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