For the first time this season, the Michigan Wolverines were pushed to overtime, but for the 14th time this season, they prevailed, topping the Northwestern Wildcats 66-64 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Wednesday night.
After Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a three-pointer to tie the game 54-54 with 2:44 in regulation, neither team scored again, leading to overtime, where Trey Burke scored 8 points to help lead the Wolverines.
Until Burke got going in extra time, Hardaway had just about the only hot hand for Michigan, as he made 5-9 three pointers and finished with 19 points along with 7 rebounds.
John Shurna (21) and Drew Crawford (20) meanwhile combined for 41 of Northwestern's 64 points.
With the win, the Wolverines improve to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats fall to 11-4 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten.
Michigan now has a couple days off before traveling to face the 10-8 Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. After that, they return home for a big game against in-state rival and No. 7 Michigan St. Spartans, 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten.
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