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Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III (1) and Caris LeVert ran down the court in celebration as Kansas players walked off the floor Friday night.

DAVID J. PHILLIP • Associated Press ,

Burke puts Wolverines on his back

  • Article by: SCHUYLER DIXON Associated Press
  • March 29, 2013 - 9:46 PM

– Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points after halftime, including a long, tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and Michigan rallied to beat Kansas 87-85 in the South Regional semifinals Friday night.

The fourth-seeded Wolverines wiped out a 10-point Kansas lead in the last three minutes of regulation, and Burke gave them their first lead since early in the game with another long three to open Michigan’s scoring in overtime.

Michigan (29-7) reached the regional finals for the first time since the Fab Five era 19 years ago, the last time they were in the Sweet 16.

Ben McLemore had 20 points to lead the Jayhawks (31-6), who looked to be on their way to a third consecutive regional final before Michigan’s improbable rally.

The Wolverines were down five when Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a three-pointer with 35 seconds left, but Glenn Robinson III won a scramble for the ball and hit a reverse layup to force Kansas to win the game at the free-throw line.

The Jayhawks couldn’t do it. Burke’s tying shot came after Elijah Johnson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 moments after hitting two free throws to keep the Kansas lead at five. Burke hit a layup to get Michigan within three.

The lead changed hands five times in overtime — the first OT game of the tournament — the last when Mitch McGary, who led Michigan with 25 points and 14 rebounds, hit a short jumper with Johnson in his face to put Michigan ahead for good 83-82.

The Jayhawks got a stop and had about 9 seconds to tie or win, but a jumbled possession ended with Johnson kicking out to Naadir Tharpe, who missed a running jumper at the buzzer.

The Wolverines wiped out a 10-point Kansas lead on a 14-4 run in the final 2:52 of regulation. Burke had eight points, including two 3-pointers, in the stretch.

Burke gave Michigan its first lead since early in the game with his long three-pointer to make it 79-78 early in overtime.

Burke was scoreless in the first half for the Wolverines, then got his team going by scoring eight straight points early in the second half to momentarily cut the deficit to two.

“In the second half, coach told me to be more aggressive so I looked for my shot more,” he said.

But Kansas restored a 10-point lead built on dominating inside in the first half, this time with a three-pointer and a tomahawk dunk on a breakaway by McLemore and a three-point play from Johnson.

Johnson, who picked up three fouls in just three minutes of playing time in the first half, gave Kansas its biggest lead at 68-54 with a three-pointer from the corner with just under 7 minutes left.

Travis Releford had 16 points for the Jayhawks, while Jeff Withey had 12 points and eight rebounds.

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