February 24, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) shoots the ball over Illinois Fighting Illini guard Tracy Abrams (13) during the first half at the Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Strong Second Half Lifts Michigan Over Illinois

The Illinois Fighting Illini took a three point lead into the locker room after Brandon Paul banked-in a three pointer in the final five seconds of the half, but that was pretty much were Illinois’ Sunday afternoon success ended.

Michigan used a 15-3 run to begin the second half to open up a nine point lead, and Illinois would not pull back to within one possession for the rest of the game. In all, Michigan outscored Illinois 43-27 in the second half to coast to a fairly comfortable 71-58 final score.

Michigan was lead in scoring by the usual suspects. Trey Burke busted loose for 26 points — he’s making his case for national player of the year — on an efficient 8-11 shooting line. Tim Hardaway Jr. chppied in 13 points and Glenn Robinson III added 10.

The Wolverines currently sit in third place in the Big Ten standings behind first place Indiana (2 GB) and second place Michigan State (1 GB) with four games left to play.

Michigan returns to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Penn St. for a 6:30 PM ET game.

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