Feb. 21, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: #11 Michigan 67, Northwestern 55
Records: U-M (21-7, 11-4 Big Ten), Northwestern (16-11, 6-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Feb. 25 -- vs. Purdue (Crisler Center), 6 p.m. (TV: BTN)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 11 AP/No. 13 USA Today) connected on 14 three-pointers, including three consecutive triples in overtime, en route to a 67-55 come-from-behind victory over Northwestern on Tuesday night (Feb. 21) at Welsh-Ryan Arena. As they had done in the two teams' earlier meeting this season on Jan. 11, the Wolverines trailed the Wildcats by seven at halftime before rallying back to force five more minutes of game action for the victory.
In the extra period, senior guard/forward Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) grabbed an offensive rebound and dished it to freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland), who connected on a three-point attempt to give U-M a 52-49 lead. Novak and senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) each followed with triples, before Northwestern scored any points in overtime, building a 58-49 lead. The Wolverines hit 9-of-10 free throw attempts over the last 1:37 to seal the victory.
Burke led the Wolverines with 19 points on six field goals, with four coming from behind the arc. In the win, the Maize and Blue made 14 three-pointers on a season-high 38 attempts (37 percent), the most U-M has sank in Big Ten play this season.
The Wolverines built up a 13-7 lead through the first 7:02. After a 5-0 Northwestern run cut the lead to one, junior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) came off the bench and hit two three-pointers, extending the U-M lead to 19-13 with 9:19 to go. Northwestern then charged back with a 9-0 run of its own to take its first lead of the game, 22-19, with 5:17 remaining.
A three-pointer by Douglass knotted the score at 22-22, but the Wildcats outscored the Wolverines 9-2 over the final 4:02 to put Michigan in a 31-24 hole at halftime.
Michigan came out of halftime and got off to a quick 5-0 start to cut Northwestern's advantage to two. The teams proceeded to trade field goals, until Vogrich's three-pointer with 8:45 left gave the Wolverines their first lead of the half, 39-38. A fast-break layup by Burke extended the lead to 41-38, but Northwestern then went on a 9-2 run to take a 47-43 lead of its own with 2:42 to go.
After a field goal by each team, sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) hit a three-pointer from the corner to tie the score up at 49-49 with 1:41 left. The Wolverines staved off two Northwestern go-ahead field goal attempts, but Burke's game-winning three-point attempt fell short of the rim to send the game into overtime.
The Wolverines will return to Ann Arbor on Saturday (Feb. 26) when they host Purdue for their final home game of the season and Senior Night at Crisler Center. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on BTN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423