Feb. 26, 2014
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Score: #16 Michigan 77, Purdue 76 (OT)
Records: U-M (20-7, 12-3 Big Ten), PUR (15-13, 5-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 1 -- vs. Minnesota (Crisler Center), 6 p.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sophomore Glenn Robinson III's (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) overtime buzzer-beater gave the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 16 AP, No. 16 ESPN/USA Today) a 77-76 comeback victory at Purdue on Wednesday night (Feb. 26) inside Mackey Arena. Robinson scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and also ripped down eight rebounds for the Wolverines, who remain atop the Big Ten standings.
Down 76-75, Michigan called timeout with 2.9 seconds left in overtime before attempting one last shot for the win. Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) lobbed the inbound pass from the sideline to Robinson in the opposite corner, where he drove to the basket and put up a shot off the glass that rolled around the rim and dropped in as the buzzer sounded. The Wolverines did not lead in the game until the beginning of overtime and trailed by as many as 19 in the first half.
Graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) nearly posted a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, with six of his points coming in the extra period. Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) scored 15 points, while his classmate LeVert recorded 14 points and seven rebounds.
Down 19-8 early, the Wolverines surrendered eight unanswered points, including two triples from Terone Johnson, bringing to the score to 27-8 at the 7:42 mark. A LeVert jumper at 7:15 then started an 11-2 run for the Wolverines, and his three at 4:05 made the score 29-19, forcing Purdue to use a timeout.
A put back by Morgan brought U-M's deficit to nine points, but the Boilermakers maintained a 37-24 lead going into the intermission.
Michigan shot 8-of-27 (30 percent) in the first half and went 2-of-10 (20 percent) from three. Purdue went 13-of-25 (52 percent) from the floor in the first, including 5-of-11 (46 percent) from beyond the arc. Johnson had 16 points before halftime, while his brother Ronnie Johnson was right behind with 11.
Sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) ignited a 9-0 Wolverine run when he threw an alley-oop pass to Robinson, who jammed it at 13:47. Stauskas banked in a jumper after the dunk, then freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) hit a three from the wing. On the next U-M possession, Irvin was fouled shooting a three, and he made two of his free throws to make the score 45-43 with 11:42 to go.
After U-M got to within one on an Irvin triple, Purdue went ahead by six, 63-57, and forced U-M to call timeout with 3:17 to go in the game.
The Wolverines came right back with two LeVert free throws, and on the Boilermakers' next possession, LeVert made a steal and fast-break layup. Then Robinson stole the ball from T. Johnson and drew a foul on A.J. Hammons, fouling him out of the game. Robinson made both free throws to tie the score at 63 with 1:55 remaining, the first tie since the start of the game.
R. Johnson made a driving layup with 1:09 to play to give Purdue a 65-63 lead, but Stauskas drew a foul and hit both free throw attempts with 56 seconds left to tie it back up. R. Johnson was called for an offensive foul on the next possession, giving Michigan the ball with 29 seconds left. Coach John Beilein called timeout with 16 ticks left to write up a play, but Stauskas' three-point attempt before the buzzer hit the front rim, sending the game into overtime.
Michigan shot 27-of-65 (42 percent) on the night and 6-of-23 (26 percent) on three-point attempts. Purdue was 26-of-63 (41 percent) on field goals and 7-of-24 (29 percent) from three. The Boilermakers won the rebounding battle, 34-33, but had 11 turnovers compared to the Wolverines' seven. T. Johnson was the game's leading scorer with 24 points, while R. Johnson was right behind him with 21.
The Maize and Blue returns to Crisler Center this Saturday (March 1) to face off against Minnesota. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423