Wildcats suffer another OT loss to Michigan
Northwestern needed another marquee victory to bolster its
chances of making the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament bid.
The Wildcats had a seven-point halftime lead and were bothering
No. 11 Michigan with their 1-3-1 zone Tuesday night. But they faded
in overtime, giving up three straight 3-pointers, and the
Wolverines emerged with a 67-55 victory.
”If we would have won his game tonight it would have been a
really good one because they are ranked,” Northwestern coach Bill
Carmody. ”But it doesn’t knock you out of the box.”
But with three games left the Wildcats (16-11, 6-9) can’t wait
much longer. They play road games at Penn State and Iowa and have a
home game with Ohio State before the Big Ten tournament.
”A tough loss,” Northwestern’s Reggie Hearn said. ”We had a
chance to get a resume-building win. We didn’t get it but we still
got something to play for.”
Northwestern’s John Shurna, who leads the Big Ten in scoring,
managed only 14 points, six under his average, and had only four in
the second half. And the Wildcats’ second leading scorer, Drew
Crawford, played just 10 minutes after halftime and didn’t score,
finishing with six points. He was bothered by a leg injury.
But what really hurt the Wildcats were 14 turnovers, some at
crucial junctures. With the game tied at 49 at the end of
regulation, they had two shots to go ahead but couldn’t convert and
ended up absorbing their second overtime loss this year to
”We got worn down and turned the ball over 14 times,” Carmody
said. ”Those are possessions you can’t get back. That’s not
Trey Burke, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass hit 3-pointers to start
the extra period as Michigan continued its late season surge with a
fourth straight victory.
”They’re trying to get into the NCAA tournament and we’re
trying to play for a Big Ten championship and I think the game and
the spirit of the game reflected that,” Michigan coach John
Shurna became the school’s career scoring leader on Saturday but
was guarded by multiple defenders Tuesday night. He shot
”We tried to do some things that would not get him feeling
comfortable,” Beilein said. ”Even from NBA range.”
Burke, who finished with 19 points, sank a 3-pointer after an
offensive rebound by Novak to give the Wolverines (21-7, 11-4) the
early lead in overtime. And then two more 3s gave the Wolverines a
”We went out there with a different mindset going into
overtime. We did all the small things, got on the board, got on the
ground. We just executed,” Burke said.
”We knew that they were a little winded and we were going to
come out and hit big shots, and we did. … Coach Just told us to
Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 3-pointer with about a minute and a half left
in regulation tied the game at 49. Both teams had a chance to go
ahead in closing seconds but couldn’t.
Northwestern missed two shots and the Burke rebounded the second
one and called a timeout with 24.3 seconds to go. The Wolverines
moved the ball around before Northwestern’s Alex Marcotullio fouled
with 4.7 seconds to go.
After both teams used timeouts, Burke put up a contested shot
from deep that was well short, forcing the second overtime game of
the season between the teams. Michigan won the first meeting 66-64
in Ann Arbor on Jan. 11.
Hearn, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer as
Northwestern regrouped after three rapid-fire turnovers to give the
Wildcats a 45-43 lead. And a Wolverines miss at the other end,.
Shurna made a spin move in the lane and dropped the ball in the
basket to make it a four-point lead.
But Burke and Hardaway hit 3-pointers for Michigan on either
side of a basket Shurna made while falling down making it 49-49 tie
with 1:25 left.