Jan. 11, 2012
With the win, Michigan improves to 14-3 for the season and 4-1 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines remain undefeated (11-0) at the Crisler Center this season.
This was Michigan's first overtime contest of the season, and its first contest to reach the extra frame since last season's 75-72 win at Iowa. Tuesday's game was the first overtime win at the Crisler Center since a 66-64 win over Savannah State three seasons ago (Nov. 29, 2008). John Beilein is now 7-2 in overtime games in his Michigan career.
Michigan improves to 104-56 (98-55*) all-time against Northwestern. The Wolverines are now 60-20 against the Wildcats in Ann Arbor. John Beilein is now 5-4 against Northwestern in his Michigan career.
Wednesday's matchup marked the first of two meetings between Michigan and Northwestern this season. The Wolverines will travel to Evanston to take on the Wildcats on Feb. 21.
This was the Wolverines' first win after trailing at halftime this season. This was also U-M's biggest come-from-behind win of the season, trailing by as much as 10 in the second half.
Trey Burke tied for a team-high 19 points on 5-of-17 (29 percent) shooting, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Burke also tied a career high with seven rebounds -- three offensive and four defensive. Burke added a game-high seven assists, as well as a block in the win.
Tim Hardaway Jr. tied for the team high in scoring with 19 points on 7-of-13 (54 percent) shooting, including tying a career high with 5-of-9 (56 percent) from behind the arc. He has held at least a share of the team lead in scoring in 10 games this season. Hardaway added six rebounds and an assist in the win.
For the fourth consecutive game, Jordan Morgan led the Wolverines in rebounding with eight boards -- three offensive and five defensive. He is averaging 10 rebounds per game over this stretch, and has led U-M in rebounding in eight games this season. Morgan added six points in the win over Northwestern.
With his two steals against Northwestern, Stu Douglass became the 19th player in team history to reach 100 career steals.
Michigan shot a season-low 33 percent (22-of-66) from the field; 28 percent (9-of-32) in the first half, 41 percent (11-of-27) in the second half and 29 percent (2-of-7) in overtime. U-M shot 23 percent (7-of-30) from three-point range; 31 percent (5-of-16) in the first half, 18 percent (2-of-11) in the second half and 0-of-3 in overtime.
The Wolverines shot a season-high 94 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line, including a perfect 8-of-8 in overtime. The last time Michigan shot 90 percent or better from the charity stripe was in its third-round NCAA Tournament game against Duke last season (March 20, 2011).
The win over Northwestern marked the fifth time this season Michigan has eclipsed the 80-percent mark from the free throw line. U-M is undefeated (5-0) in such contests.
Michigan won the rebounding battle 36-32, including a season-high 17 offensive boards. The Wolverines are now 10-1 this season when they outrebound their opponent.
The Wolverines had 10 assists and turned the ball over seven times. It was the fifth time this season Michigan had less than 10 turnovers. U-M is 9-2 this season when registering a positive assist/turnover ratio.
U-M's defense forced Northwestern into a season-high 16 turnovers, leading to 18 points. Michigan is 8-2 this season when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent.
Michigan outscored Northwestern in points off turnovers (18-4), second-chance points (13-0) and fast-break points (4-0). The Wildcats outscored the Wolverines in points in the paint (30-26).
The game featured six ties and five lead changes. Michigan never trailed by more than 10, led by as many as three, and never trailed after Trey Burke's jumper gave the Wolverines a 60-58 lead with 2:11 left in overtime.
The Wolverines remain undefeated (8-0) this season when wearing their white jerseys.
For the 16th straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz and Jordan Morgan. Stu Douglass has now appeared in 119 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.
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