Game 4: Michigan Wolverines outlast Iowa, 77-71, in overtime

05 March 2018, 12:44 | Kristine Mills

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Abi Scheid added 14 points and Bry Hopkins 11 for Northwestern (12-19, 4-12), which has won eight of the last nine in the series dating to 2013.

MI will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will take on Nebraska, the No. 4 seed.

"We haven't had three guys in foul trouble in the first half, and our situation in the second half, with guys fouling out", MI coach John Beilein said. They have great young talent.

Top dunk: Early in the second half, Michigan's Moe Wagner threw down a vicious one-handed slam that brought the crowd to its feet.

Five players are averaging at least 8.2 points per game for Nebraska, they are James Palmer Jr. "The foul shots didn't go in". But the Hawkeyes refused to go away, and made consecutive 3s to tie the game. "I think one guy made a 3". "Our defense won the game".

MI is now 20-0 when he scores six or more points this season.

"They're long. They're athletic".

Head coach Fran McCaffery, right, and assistant Kirk Speraw of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half against the Purdue Boilermakers on January 20, 2018 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, in Iowa City, Iowa. Pulliam, a freshman with a season-high of 33 points, was 7 of 9 from the field before halftime and finished 9 of 15. He tacked on three points, two blocks and a steal.

MI missed its first 12 3-point attempts before Robinson made one with 9:32 left to give MI a 56-51 lead. Tyler Cook and Luke Garza contributed 13 points apiece and Jordan Bohannon chipped in 11 for Iowa. He had just short-armed his last-second free-throw attempt.

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Charles Matthews led MI (24-7) with 16 points, with Zavier Simpson adding 12 and Robinson and Wagner 11 apiece. Their win didn't necessarily come very easily, although it did prove that this team still had tons of heart, especially in this match-up against the Wolverines.

MI was 18 for 32 from the free-throw line, but Robinson made two with 10 seconds left to make it 76-71.

A big reason Iowa had a lead at the break was the difference in 3-point shooting.

The Wolverines still were clinging to a 67-61 lead with a minute to go in regulation before Nicholas Baer made a 3 to slice the lead in half.

Robinson then hit two free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining and Bohannon missed a 3-point try.

Bohannon tied it at 67 with 16 seconds left after Muhammad-Ali Adbur-Rahkman missed the front end of a one-and-one.

"It's a good screen by Jon (Teske) and a good pass by Charles (Matthews)", said Robinson, who finished with 11 points. Wagner fouled out late in regulation and Rahkman fouled out about halfway into OT on a questionable over the back call. Penn State isn't a world beater and anything can happen in the conference tourney, but I've said before that I don't think that Northwestern has recovered from that loss to Michigan State and I'm not sure the Wildcats will step up here either as I see Penn State winning this by double digits so I'll lay the points.

Today, however, went much differently from those two regular season games.

Iowa clawed back to cut it to 53-51 following Wagner's fourth foul, but Duncan Robinson responded with back-to-back 3-pointers - Michigan's first makes from beyond the arc after a 0-for-12 start - to make it 59-51 at the 7:46 mark. "We stepped up in that area today".

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