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Wolverines steal victory

Published March 3, 2013 11:50 pm

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Ann Arbor, Mich. • A 10-point lead had slipped away in the final minutes, and it looked like the best Trey Burke and Michigan could hope for was another chance in overtime.

Then the star point guard decided to gamble, reaching in and knocking the ball away from Michigan State's Keith Appling with the game on the line.

"I take my eyes off it for a second to see their formation, and there's Trey going down the other end," Wolverines coach John Beilein said.

Burke's steal and dunk put Michigan ahead by two with 22 seconds remaining, and the fourth-ranked Wolverines held on for a pulsating 58-57 win over No. 9 Michigan State on Sunday. Burke had 21 points and eight assists, and he had enough energy left down the stretch to help Michigan to a much-needed victory.

The Wolverines avenged a 75-52 loss at Michigan State last month — and they rebounded from Wednesday night's stunning defeat at Penn State.

The Spartans (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) had the ball with the shot clock off and the score 56-all, but Burke stole the ball from Appling near midcourt and went in alone for the game's last field goal.