March 1, 2017
» Dererk Pardon's layup as time expired gave Northwestern a 67-65 win over Michigan inside Welsh-Ryan Arena. The game featured seven ties and eight lead changes.
» Derrick Walton Jr. led Michigan with 15 points and added six assists. It is Walton's 23rd double-digit scoring output this season and 81st of his career.
» Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored in double figures for the eighth time in the last 10 games, as he had 13 points for the Maize and Blue.
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern 67, Michigan 65
Records: U-M (19-11, 9-8 Big Ten), NU (21-9, 10-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 5 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 7 p.m. CST [ TV: BTN ]
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Dererk Pardon's layup as time expired gave Northwestern a 67-65 win over the University of Michigan in men's basketball action Wednesday night (March 1) at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
In a game that featured seven ties and eight lead changes, Pardon broke a 65-all tie after connecting with Nathan Taphorn on a full-court inbounds pass with 1.7 seconds left. Both teams had chances to take the lead in the last 1:28, and Michigan had the ball with 12 seconds left, but senior Zak Irvin missed a three and the rebound went off a Wolverine, setting up the last-second Northwestern heroics.
Senior Derrick Walton Jr. led the Maize and Blue with 15 points while adding a game-high six assists. Junior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Irvin had 13 and 12 points, respectively, while sophomore Moritz Wagner added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Northwestern came out of the gates and scored the game's first six points, but the Wolverines battled back. A steal and dunk from Irvin gave Michigan its first points, while a three from Walton and two free throws by senior Mark Donnal put the Maize and Blue on top, 7-6, with 15:49 left in the half. An Abdur-Rahkman three at 11:46 stopped a second 6-0 run by the Wildcats, but Northwestern took an 18-11 lead at 8:06 on Gavin Skelly's jumper.
The Wildcats used a 7-0 run to take a 27-16 lead, but Michigan answered with an 8-0 run on an Irvin jumper, a steal and layup from freshman Xavier Simpson, a three from senior Duncan Robinson and a free throw by Wagner. The Wolverines trimmed the lead to two (30-28) at the break on Robinson's layup and Wagner's two free throws in the final 1:19.
Robinson had a team-high eight points in the half with Michigan shooting 9-for-23 (39.1 percent) from the floor. Michigan's defense forced Northwestern into 10 turnovers and scored 10 points off those miscues.
Both teams upped their offensive output to start the second half, with eight makes between the two teams before the first media timeout. Northwestern built a 42-36 lead with 16:40 left, but Walton's three and five straight points from Abdur-Rahkman capped an 8-2 run to trim the Wildcats' lead to 45-44 at 14:15. Walton then started heating up, and his three with 12:56 left gave Michigan a 48-47 lead. After five straight points from NU, Walton's four-point play at 11:39 tied the game at 52.
The second half was tight throughout. Irvin's jumper tied the game at 56 with 8:45 left, Wagner's layup at 7:10 knotted the affair at 58, Abdur-Rahkman's layup put the Maize and Blue up a pair (60-58) at 5:57, and Irvin's layup at 2:50 made it 63-62 Wolverines. A Northwestern free throw and layup by Sanjay Lumpkin put the Wildcats up a pair, but Irvin answered with an offensive rebound and layup, tying the game at 65 with 1:28 left.
The Wolverines shot 45.1 percent (23-for-51) from the floor and hit eight three-pointers. Both teams had 29 rebounds, and Michigan forced Northwestern into 12 turnovers.
Michigan will close its regular season Sunday night (March 5) at Nebraska. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised on BTN.
Communications Contact: Tom Wywrot