Michigan picked up its first overtime win since Feb. 26, 2000, when the Wolverines won at Northwestern, 61-55. The last time Michigan overtime game ended in a 70-66 loss at Colorado State on Feb. 11, 2002.
Michigan's starting lineup was Bernard Robinson Jr., Daniel Horton, Lester Abram, Chris Hunter and Courtney Sims.
With the victory, Michigan is off to its best start in four years. The Wolverines are 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when U-M started 6-0.
Michigan became the first team to beat Butler at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Tonight's game was the first road contest of the season for the Wolverines.
Tonight's game marked the 28th meeting between Butler and Michigan and the first in 34 years. With the victory, Michigan holds a 16-12 series lead.
The Wolverines scored only 20 points in the second half. The last time Michigan scored only 20 points in a half was at Wisconsin on Feb. 26, 2003. Michigan lost that game 73-42.
Michigan lost the opening jump ball for the first time this season, and the Wolverines donned their blue jerseys for the first time this season.
Third-year Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker evened his U-M record at 31-31 and moved within one win of 100 career victories. Amaker is now 99-86 as a college head coach.
U-M had three players in double figures in scoring. Daniel Horton led the Wolverines with 16 points, Bernard Robinson Jr. scored 11 and Chris Hunter added 10.
With 61 points tonight, Michigan failed to reach the 80-point mark for the first time this season. Michigan scored 84 points in each of its first two games.
For the first time this season, Michigan gave up 60 points in a contest. Butler scored exactly 60 points tonight.
Michigan shot 15-for-22 from the line tonight but made its last eight attempts. U-M was a perfect 6-for-6 in the overtime period, and a pair of free throws from Daniel Horton in the final seconds sent the game into overtime.
After posting 18 blocks in its first two games, Michigan was held without a block tonight.
Michigan out-rebounded Butler 35-26. Both teams had nine offensive rebounds.
Daniel Horton set a career high with six rebounds. He had previously recorded five rebounds on three occasions.
With seven points tonight, Lester Abram surpassed the 350-point mark in his career. Abram now has 356 points in 33 career games.
Lester Abram tied a career high with four assists. He also had four assists in Michigan's last game, against High Point on Nov. 26.
Chris Hunter tied a career high with six free throws. Hunter shot 6-for-7 from the line tonight. He had previously made six free throws two times.
Dion Harris tied a career best with four rebounds. Harris set his career high in the Wolverine's last game, against High Point on Nov. 26.
Dion Harris set career highs with three steals and 32 minutes played. His previous highs were one steal and 29 minutes against Oakland on Nov. 21.
With the overtime victory, Michigan became the third Big Ten team to win in overtime at Conseco Fieldhouse this weekend. Last night (Nov. 29) Indiana beat Xavier 80-77 and Iowa topped No. 16 Louisville 70-69.
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