Sons of Tim Hardaway and Glenn Robinson help Michigan defeat Kansas State


Former NBA All-Stars Tim Hardaway and Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson can be proud of their sons, who helped Michigan to beat Kansas State in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game.

Friday night Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III put on a clinic as the duo combined for 32 points and 19 rebounds.

The Wolverines used a 22-6 run at the start of the second half to blow open what had been a tight contest as Michigan cruised to a 71-57 victory over Kansas State in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game at the Garden.

Hardaway, whose father, Tim, was a five-time NBA All Star who played 14 seasons in the NBA, finished with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds, while Robinson, the son of former NBA star Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, chipped in with nine points and a game-best  12 rebounds.

“It was one of our first goals to win the NIT Championship,” said Michigan guard Trey Burke, who finished with 10 points. “We won a hard-fought game vs. Pittsburgh (in the NIT semis Wednesday) and another one (Friday). It was definitely one of our goals this season and to accomplish it is great. When Tim plays like that, we can be very special because he’s capable of playing like that every game.”

The fourth-ranked Wolverines (5-0) led just 29-24 at the half despite limiting the Wildcats (5-1) to just 28.6% shooting.

But Michigan warmed up in a hurry to start the second half as Hardaway scored eight of his points in the pivotal 22-6 run at the start of the second half.

By the time the run was over, Michigan had built a 51-30 lead with 10:36 to play and the Wolverines were well on its way to its’ their NIT tip-Off title.  Rodney McGruder led KSU with 16 points.

The only drawback on Michigan’s victory was when Hardaway, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, was forced from the game with 3:38 to play after being hit in the head.

But Michigan officials said Hardaway passed all his concussion tests and was fit to fly home with the team.

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