U-M Takes No. 3 Kansas to the Brink Before Falling in Overtime

Jan. 9, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #3 Kansas 67, Michigan 60 (OT)
Records: U-M (11-5), Kansas (15-0)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Jan. 12 -- vs. Ohio State (Crisler Arena), 6:30 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After scoring a season-low 18 first-half points, the University of Michigan men's basketball team overcame a 41-28 deficit with 11:19 to play to force overtime, where the Wolverines eventually fell by a 67-60 score to Kansas (No. 3 AP/No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) on Sunday evening (Jan. 9) inside Crisler Arena. Michigan held the Jayhawks to their lowest point total of the season (67) and forced them into 16 turnovers in the loss.

Exiting the game only after fouling out with seven seconds left in overtime, junior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) finished with his fourth double-double of the season (12 points, 11 rebounds), after scoring just two first-half points. Also scoring in double digits were freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) with a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) with 16 points and seven assists.

Michigan went 3-of-20 from the floor in the first half and committed eight turnovers, until Morris came through with an old-fashioned three-point play with 2:49 to left on the clock. Following a Kansas turnover on the other end, a jump shot from Novak as the shot clock expired brought Michigan back to within 10 points. Three more Kansas turnovers and another old-fashioned three-point play from Morris sent the Wolverines into the locker room trailing, 25-18.

U-M scored on a layup and dunk by redshirt freshman forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) on its first two possessions of the second frame. Kansas answered with back-to-back baskets, bringing its lead back to 10. The teams exchanged baskets for the next seven minutes, before a block by Hardaway Jr. at the 10:36 mark and jump shot by redshirt freshman forward Blake McLimans (Hamburg, N.Y./Worcester Academy [Mass.]) on the other end sparked the start of a 7-0 run for the Wolverines. Morris accounted for the team's next five points, bringing Michigan back within six (41-35).

With 3:41 left in regulation, a three-pointer from Novak cut Kansas' lead to four. The Jayhawks answered with a jumper, but an offensive rebound by Novak on the other end allowed Hardaway Jr. to score on a layup, starting a 6-0 for Michigan to end regulation. Hardaway Jr. followed with a steal on the other end, missing the fastbreak layup, but Novak was right behind him with the tip-in. Morris' turnaround jumper with 34 seconds to play tied the game at 51-all. Kansas had one last shot to win the game in regulation, but the attempt missed, sending the game into overtime.

Novak opened the overtime period with a corner three-pointer, giving Michigan its first lead of the game, 54-51. However, Kansas scored the game's next eight points to take command on its way to the 67-60 triumph.

The Wolverines return to action this Wednesday (Jan. 12) when they host No. 2-ranked Big Ten foe Ohio State at Crisler Arena. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The first 3,000 fans will receive a "Maize Out" shirt courtesy of the University of Michigan Health System. Tickets are available for purchase online at MGoBlue.com/tickets.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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