Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 2/21/12

Michigan hit the road on Tuesday night and faced off against a Northwestern squad that was playing, what many had dubbed the biggest game in Wildcats history. It took a gritty overtime effort, but Michigan left town with a 67-55 victory. Trey Burke scored a game-high 19 points. He also tallied 6 boards, 4 assists, and 2 steals against just 1 turnover.

The win is Michigan’s 4th straight, improves their record to 21-7, 11-4 and keeps their Big Ten Title hopes alive.

Northwestern, powered by a 14-3 run, took a 31-24 lead into halftime. Michigan relied almost exclusively on three-point shots for their first half offense as they connected on 6-of-16 from beyond the arc and were just 2-for-8 from two-point range. The Wolverines were whistled for 10 fouls in the opening stanza. Four quick ones on Jordan Morgan and Evan Smotrycz limited the duo to a combined 6 first half minutes. Michigan’s first half woes came to a head when the Wildcats stymied them with their 1-3-1 zone defense.

Michigan clamped down defensively in the second half, holding Northwestern to just 18 points in the stanza. They also held Drew Crawford scoreless and limited John Shurna to 4 points in the frame.

Michigan was on the ropes, trailing 47-43 with 2:30 left to play. That is when Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. rose to the occasion with three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to tie the score at 49.

The OT belonged to Michigan and their senior leaders in particular. Zack Novak set the stage when he chased down a ball that was all but out of bounds and threw it back in off of Reggie Hearn. Novak then grabbed the ball, dribbled into the lane, and fed Trey Burke for a triple.

On Michigan’s next possession, Burke returned the favor and found Novak in the corner for another Michigan three-pointer. Stu Douglass then took matters into his own hands when he buried a 25-foot three-point bomb, that gave the Wolverines a 58-49 lead and effectively ended the game. Michigan dominated the extra session outscoring the Wildcats 18-6.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 14 points and Stu Douglass chipped in with 12 on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range. Shurna led the Wildcats with 14 points.

Notes

Matt Vogrich hit 3 triples that kept Michigan in the game early.

In addition to scoring 14 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. drew a charge and blocked 3 shots.

Next up for U-M will be a very emotional senior day on Saturday when they host Purdue.

Can we finally put the Michigan can’t win on the road theory to bed? They are now 4-6 on the road.

Joe and I both correctly predicted Michigan to not only win this game, but also the Ohio State game. Stick with our coverage by following us on Twitter @isportsRob and @isportsJoe

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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