Originally written on MaizeAndGoBlue  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Final 1st 2nd OT Total #13 Michigan (21-7, 11-4) 24 25 18 67 Northwestern (16-11, 6-9) 31 18 6 55

Despite Jordan Morgan's foul trouble, Michigan pulled out the overtime victory (photo by Paul Beaty, AP)

Michigan survived a classic trap game tonight at Northwestern, needing overtime to beat the Wildcats for the second time this season. Following an emotional win over Ohio State on Saturday, a trip to Evanston to face a Northwestern team giddy about the possibility of a first ever trip to the Big Dance was a recipe for disaster, especially for a team that was just 3-6 on the road this season. But Michigan overcame a seven point halftime deficit and early foul trouble to pull out a 67-55 overtime victory.

It was apparent from the beginning that Michigan was in for a tough one when Jordan Morgan and Evan Smotrycz each picked up two fouls early. John Beilein was forced to use Blake McLimans for the majority of the first half, giving the Wolverines no inside presence. Northwestern countered with a 1-3-1 that forced Michigan to chuck up a season high 38 three-pointers.

Michigan held Northwestern without a point for the first 4:23 but could only build up a 6-0 lead. The Wolverines then built a 11-3 lead on a Jordan Morgan layup and Stu Douglass three. The teams went back and forth until Matt Vogrich hit back-to-back threes to give Michigan a 20-13 lead with 9:25 remaining in the half. However, Northwestern closed the half on a 18-4 run as Michigan went just 2-of-10 in the final nine minutes.

Tim Hardaway Jr started the second half off with a layup and Burke hit a three to pull Michigan within two. Northwestern finally got on the board nearly five minutes into the half, and for the next five minutes, points were hard to come by. With 9:51 remaining, Douglass hit a three to cut the lead to one and after a NW free throw, Vogrich nailed a three to give Michigan its first lead of the second half.

Burke followed up with a layup, but five straight Northwestern points put the Wildcats back on top. John Shurna finally got into the second half action to give NW a four-point lead with 2:44 to play, but Burke answered with a three. After another Shurna basket, Hardaway hit a three to tie the game at 49 with 1:46 remaining.

Northwestern had a chance to take the lead in the final minute, but missed a pair of shots, giving Michigan the last possession, but a Burke three at the buzzer fell short, sending the game into overtime just like the previous meeting.

In the overtime stanza, it was all Michigan. Burke, Novak, and Douglass hit back-to-back-to-back threes to blow the game open before Northwestern could get on the board. From there, it became a free throw contest and Michigan hit enough of them to seal the win.

Burke led all scorers with 19 points to go along with five assists and just one turnover while playing all 45 minutes. Hardaway added 14 points despite hitting just 4-of-10 from the free throw line and Douglass scored 12, all on threes (4-of-7). Vogrich hit 3-of-6 from three-point range to score nine points.

The Michigan defense held Shurna to 14 points, six below his season average, and his third lowest total of the season. The Wolverines also held Drew Crawford to just six points, 10 below his season average, and his second lowest total of the season.

Michigan returns home for its final game in the friendly confines of the Crisler Center on Saturday at 6pm against Purdue (17-10, 7-7). Seniors Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, and Corey Person will be honored.

Final Game Stats # Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 52 Jordan Morgan* 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 4 7 3 4 0 0 0 1 21 00 Zack Novak* 1-5 1-4 4-4 3 2 5 3 7 3 2 0 0 31 01 Stu Douglass* 4-9 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 12 5 1 0 1 43 03 Trey Burke* 6-16 4-12 3-4 0 6 6 2 19 4 2 0 2 45 10 Tim Hardaway Jr* 4-12 2-9 4-10 2 3 5 1 14 1 1 3 0 38 13 Matt Vogrich 3-7 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 9 2 0 1 0 18 22 Blake McLimans 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 11 23 Evan Smotrycz 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 0 0 1 0 15 45 Colton Christian 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Totals 21-56 14-38 11-18 14 21 35 17 67 15 7 6 4 205 Northwestern 21-51 3-16 10-14 13 26 39 20 55 11 14 4 3 205
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