Feb. 26, 2014
With its overtime win in West Lafayette, U-M improved to 20-7 overall and 12-3 in conference play, leaving John Beilein's club in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference. Michigan has now reached the 20-win plateau in four straight seasons and five of seven campaigns under Beilein, who has accomplished the feat 19 times in his career.
The Wolverines found themselves playing extra minutes for the first time since an 82-80 OT victory over Florida State (Nov. 22). U-M is now 13-3 under John Beilein in overtime, including a 9-2 mark in Big Ten play. The win was the first buzzer-beater victory for the Maize and Blue since DeShawn Sims knocked down the game-winner on Nov. 29, 2008, against Savannah State. U-M has won three straight overtime contests and eight of its last nine dating back to 2011.
Despite tonight's victory, the Wolverines trail the all-time series with the Boilermakers, 66-84, including a 24-51 mark in West Lafayette, but U-M has won five of the last seven meetings between the two schools, including four in a row and each of the last three matchups at Purdue's Mackey Arena.
U-M erased a halftime deficit of 13 points and fought back from a Purdue lead that stretched as large as 19 (27-8, 7:43 first half -- the largest deficit U-M has overcome this season.
Michigan's first lead came in overtime (4:26) during a win that featured seven lead changes and four ties; U-M held Purdue without a field goal for the final 2:48 to clinch the victory.
The Maize and Blue overcame 29.6-percent shooting in the first half (8-for-27) by going 13-for-28 (46.4 percent) in second-half field goals and 6-for-10 (60 percent) in overtime shooting to seal the victory with 12 points in the extra frame.
As a team, the Wolverines hauled in 12 offensive rebounds, reaching the double-digit plateau for the first time since when they pulled down 14 offensive boards against Ohio State (Feb. 11) and the fourth time in overall in conference play.
U-M committed fewer turnovers (7) than its average of nine -- a mark that ranks eighth nationally -- including two turnovers in the second half and overtime, which matches a season low, and fouled just 14 times, right on par with its nation-leading 14.7 per contest.
Michigan kept Purdue below its Big Ten-leading averages of 5.4 blocks and 14.1 offensive rebounds per contest by holding the Boilermakers to just three blocks and 12 offensive boards.
U-M totaled 18 assists on 27 made field goals (66.7 percent), above its average of 14.4 per contest, and improving its season total to 394 assists on 701 made field goals (56.2 percent).
Five different Wolverines picked up at least three assists in the game: Spike Albrecht (4), Caris LeVert, Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Morgan (3 each).
The Wolverines registered four players in double figures in points in both their two contests against Purdue this season; Jordan Morgan, Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert hit the mark in both games, while Derrick Walton and Glenn Robinson III had double-digit efforts in the first (Jan. 30) and second (Feb. 26) games, respectively.
Glenn Robinson III hit the game-winning shot after catching the Caris LeVert inbounds pass to finish with a team-high 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting (63.6 percent), adding eight rebounds and three assists, his highest mark in either category since he pulled down nine rebounds against Iowa (Jan. 22) and had three dimes against Penn State (Jan. 14).
Jordan Morgan scored 13 points, going 6-for-8 from the floor and adding nine rebounds, his most since he ripped down 11 against the Boilermakers in their first meeting (Jan. 30).
Morgan added a season-high two steals and matched career high with three assists, becoming the 10th different Wolverine to set or match a career mark in assists so far this season.
Caris LeVert scored 14 points and added seven rebounds and four assists; he has averaged 16.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists over the last nine games.
Nik Stauskas chipped in 15 points and three assists, his 12th game this season hitting those marks or better in each category; his total was aided by a 5-for-7 performance from the charity stripe, which included a pair of free throws in the final minute of regulation.
Zak Irvin added eight points, going 2-for-4 (50 percent) beyond the arc; the sophomore has rattled home at least one three-pointer in nine of the last 10 conference matchups.
Michigan's starting lineup featured Derrick Walton Jr., Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Morgan.