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Hardaway helps Michigan win NIT Tipoff

NEW YORK – Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points before he left late in the game after he was kneed in the head, and No. 4 Michigan beat Kansas State, 71-57, on Friday night to win the NIT Season Tipoff.

Glenn Robinson III had 12 rebounds, and Trey Burke and Jon Horford had 10 points each for the Wolverines.

Hardaway made 10 of 15 shots from the field before he was hurt with about four minutes left.

Rodney McGruder scored 16 points and had seven rebounds, and Angel Rodriguez scored 10 points for Kansas State (5-1).

Michigan (5-0) won the tournament, previously known as the Preseason NIT, for the first time.

“This is what he works for. He works hard at not just being a shooter but to have an in-between game, be a rebounder,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “The biggest thing is his work ethic. That just doesn’t happen. He’s got great DNA, but DNA doesn’t get you there alone.”

No. 3 Ohio State 91, UMKC 45: At Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas scored 15 of his 21 points as No. 3 Ohio State coasted to a huge first-half lead in a victory against overmatched Missouri-Kansas.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points and LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson had 11 apiece as Ohio State (4-0) experimented with subs for almost the entire second half.

Estan Tyler and Thomas Staton each had seven points for the ‘Roos (2-3).

No. 15 Michigan State 70, Oakland 52: At East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling shook off a sprained right ankle in the first half and finished with 20 points to help No. 15 Michigan State beat Oakland.

The Spartans (4-1) have won four straight since starting the season with a loss to Connecticut in Germany.

The Golden Grizzlies (2-4) never led, but didn’t make Michigan State’s night easy until late in the game.

Michigan State’s Adreian Payne scored 15 points, Denzel Valentine had 10 points and 10 assists and Derrick Nix added 10 points.

Duke Mondy scored 16 for the Golden Grizzlies.

Minnesota 84, No. 19 Memphis 75: At Paradise Island, Bahamas, Andre Hollins scored a career-high 41 points to lead Minnesota to a victory over No. 19 Memphis in the consolation semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The sophomore guard scored 24 points in the first half – one off his career high entering the game – and he closed strong.

Hollins finished 12 of 16 from the field – making all five of his 3-point attempts – and going 12 of 13 from the free throw line.

Minnesota (5-1) will meet Stanford for fifth place today.

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