March 14, 2014
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #8 Michigan 64, Illinois 63
Records: U-M (24-7), ILL (19-14)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 15 -- vs. Ohio State (Indianapolis, Ind.), 1:40 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 8 AP, No. 9 ESPN/USA Today) survived a second-half charge, and Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) made the game-winning shot with 7.9 seconds left to defeat Illinois, 64-63, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon (March 14) inside Banker's Life Fieldhouse.
Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) led all scorers with 19 points, and he hit nine of his 10 free throw attempts and assisted on Morgan's game-winner. Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) posted 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.
Michigan took an early lead after Zak Irvin (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) checked into the game and hit his first three-point attempt to put U-M up 12-7 at 14:08. Illinois responded to tie the game at 12 with 12:02 left in the half.
With the score tied at 21, LeVert hit a corner three to start a 9-2 Wolverine run that lasted 1:40. Robinson scored four points during that stretch, and his coast-to-coast layup at 4:46 made the score 30-23, forcing Illinois to call timeout.
The Illini then scored seven straight to even the score at 30. Stauskas followed with a three at 2:25 to break the tie, and LeVert knocked down a three from the left wing at 1:41 and threw down a hard dunk on a fast break with 46 seconds left to give Michigan a 38-33 lead going into halftime.
Stauskas led with 12 first-half points, while Robinson was right behind him with 11. As a team, the Wolverines shot 13-of-25 (52 percent) in the first half and made six of their 13 attempts from three (46 percent). Illinois was 14-of-29 (48 percent) on field goals and 3-of-9 (33 percent) from long distance.
Michigan outscored Illinois, 11-3, to open the second half. LeVert hit a three on the first shot following the intermission, and Stauskas nailed a jumper to gain U-M a 47-36 lead and force Illinois to call timeout at 16:40. Out of the stoppage, LeVert stole the ball and threw down another fast-break dunk to put U-M up 49-36.
Two Stauskas free throws gave Michigan a 55-44 lead at 11:26, but the Illini scored seven straight to cut the deficit to 55-51 and force U-M to use a timeout at 9:38. After the break in play, Illinois extended its run to 10-0.
Robinson hit a corner three at 7:32 to stop the run and bring Michigan's lead back to four points at 58-54. However, Illinois eventually went ahead, 59-58, for its first lead since the 17:14 mark of the first half and then by three, before Walton hit a triple from the top of key with 3:11 remaining to tie the game at 61. Another Illinois basket made it 63-61 with 2:33 left to play.
Stauskas drew a foul with 55 ticks left and made one of two free throws as U-M came within one point of the lead, and the Wolverines forced an Illinois shot-clock violation to gain possession of the ball with 19.1 seconds remaining. Out of an Illini timeout, Morgan made a shot in the post off a feed from Stauskas, putting the Wolverines ahead, 64-63.
Both teams used timeouts with 3.9 ticks on the clock. Illinois' Tracy Abrams had a clean look on the final shot, but his floater hit the front of the rim, giving Michigan the one-point victory.
The Maize and Blue shot 21-of-47 (45 percent) for the game, including 10-of-30 (33 percent) from beyond the arc. Illinois had a similar shooting line of 24-of-53 (45 percent) and went 5-of-17 (29 percent) on three-pointers. Rayvonte Rice led the Illini with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Abrams also scored 11 and had five assists. Illinois outrebounded Michigan, 33-26, and scored 32 points in the paint to the Wolverines' 14.
Michigan will take on No. 24 Ohio State on Saturday (March 15) in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament inside Banker's Life Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for 1:40 p.m., and the game will be televised on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423