U-M Claims Come-from-Behind OT Victory over Northwestern
Trey Burke

Jan. 11, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #13 Michigan 66, Northwestern 64 (OT)
Records: U-M (14-3; 4-1 Big Ten), Northwestern (11-5; 1-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 14 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), Noon CST (TV: BTN)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After using a 10-0 run to overcome an eight-point deficit in the second half, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 13 AP/No. 13 ESPN/USA Today­) held Northwestern to just one field goal during the last 8:18 of regulation to force overtime, where the Wolverines prevailed, 66-64, on Wednesday evening (Jan. 11) at Crisler Center.

Freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS), who went 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch in overtime to secure the win, led the team with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) also recorded a team-high 19 points and added six rebounds, while senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.

The Wolverines forced the Wildcats into a season-high 16 turnovers in the win, off which they converted 18 points. U-M also dominated the offensive boards with 17, as opposed to just five by Northwestern.

Trailing the Wildcats, 44-36, with 13 minutes to play in the second half, Burke found Hardaway cutting to the basket for a layup, starting the 10-0 comeback run by the Wolverines. A steal and fastbreak layup by senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) tied the game at 44-all, forcing Northwestern to call a timeout. Out of the break, Northwestern came up empty and Novak converted with a fastbreak slam on the other end to cap the run with 11 minutes to play.

With less than three minutes to play in regulation, Michigan trailed, 54-51, until Hardaway hit one from downtown to tie the game once again. Neither team knocked one down as the game clock ran out, and the game was sent into overtime.

After an exchange of baskets for the first four minutes of the extra frame, Burke was fouled and sent to the line for free throws three times during the last minute, going a perfect 6-for-6 to secure the win.

Northwestern shot 61 percent from the floor in the first half, including 4-of-6 (67 percent) from behind the arc. The Wildcats jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, after U-M went 0-for-8 from the floor on its first six possessions. Then finally, a little more than four minutes into the game, a layup by Burke started a 15-5 run, which was aided by three Hardaway triples, to give the Wolverines their first lead, 15-13, at the 11:53 mark.

Over the next six minutes of the first half, however, Northwestern went on a 14-5 run of its own to retake the lead. Another three-pointer by Hardaway followed by a contested layup by Burke got the Wolverines within two with less than two minutes to play, but five straight points by Northwestern guard Drew Crawford sent U-M into the locker room trailing, 34-27, at the half.

John Shurna for the Wildcats led all scorers (21 points), while Crawford netted 20.

The Wolverines will return to the hardwood on Saturday (Jan. 14) when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to play the Hawkeyes. Tipoff is slated for noon CST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423

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