NEW YORK — Trey Burke scored 17 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 points and No. 4 Michigan shut down Pittsburgh defensively in the second half to reach the championship of the NIT Season Tipoff with a 67-62 win Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh’s Tray Woodall made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to make it a one-possession game, and Pittsburgh (4-1) pressed after a timeout. But Michigan (4-0) made eight straight free throws to close it out.
James Robinson made a layup and was fouled with 3.5 seconds left, but missed the free throw and Michigan had the arrow for a jump ball that followed on the rebound. Pittsburgh fouled on the inbounds and Burke made the free throws while Michigan’s fans chanted “Beat Ohio!" — a reference to Saturday’s football game against archrival Ohio State.
Before that game, the basketball Wolverines will play Kansas State for the title on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats beat Delaware, which will face Pittsburgh in the consolation game.
Lamar Patterson led the Panthers with 14 points.
Also on Wednesday:
No. 6 Syracuse 73
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — James Southerland scored a career-high 22 points and nabbed five steals, Michael Carter-Williams added 10 points and nine assists, and Syracuse beat Princeton.
No. 8 Kentucky 81
Morehead State 70
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Archie Goodwin scored a career-high 28 points, and Alex Poythress added 20 to help Kentucky rally past stubborn Morehead State.
No. 9 North Carolina 112
LAHAINA, Hawaii — James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points to lead five North Carolina players in double figures and the Tar Heels routed Division II Chaminade in the Maui Invitational.
No. 25 San Diego State 79
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 43
SAN DIEGO — Jamaal Franklin had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Chase Tapley added 15 points to lead San Diego to a victory against cold-shooting Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Jamil Wilson channeled his inner aloha spirit with a colorful 19-point performance in Marquette’s win over USC at the Maui Invitational.
Idaho State 46
SALT LAKE CITY — Dallin Bachynski posted career-highs of 22 points and 16 rebounds and Utah defeated Idaho State.