ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 53-52 loss to the No. 12-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Up 52-50 with just seconds remaining, Wisconsin's Josh Gasser banked in a triple as time expired to give Wisconsin the one-point win.
A tight game throughout, the Wolverines appeared poised to claim a key win with Darius Morris at the free throw line and just 30 seconds left. Morris, though, missed the front end of the one-and-one to set the stage for the Badgers last second shot.
Michigan was led offensively by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 16 points in the loss. Jordan Morgan added 12 points and five rebounds, plus Darius Morris finished with eight points and four assists.
Jordan Taylor, Keaton Nankivil and Jon Leuer combined to score 45 of UW's 53.
In the first half neither team was able to separate themselves as the Wolverines built a slim 31-30 lead. The biggest lead of the half was a 27-22 Michigan edge, but it took an Evan Smotrycz layup in the half's closing seconds to give U-M the edge.
UW built a 6-2 lead in the opening minutes on a pair of triples by Keaton Nankivil.
Michigan rallied to tie the score and take the lead on three Zack Novak free throws at 14-13 with 12:07 left. A Stu Douglass layup made it 16-13, and Michigan maintained a three point lead until a Hardaway Jr. triple gave Michigan the 27-22 edge.
The Wolverines built a lead of as many as four points early in the second half. Jordan Morgan put U-M up 36-32 on a dunk with 16:13 remaining. Nankivil answered with five straight Badger points, though, to keep UW in the game. Jordan Taylor then added a jumper with 12:08 remaining to tie it 39-39.
Wisconsin went back up 48-45 with 5:45 to go on another Taylor jumper. Michigan answered with a Darius Morris jumper and a Hardaway Jr. triple to go up 50-48. Morgan then matched a Gasser layup to give Michigan it's late 52-50 edge.
The Michigan basketball team next takes the court on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for a road tilt against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
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