U-M / Northwestern Postgame

John Beilein reflects upon Michigan's 82-78 2OT loss to Northwestern. The Wolverines' headman discusses his rationale for not fouling at the and of regulation and overtime.

On the double-overtime loss ... "They did everything they could. You have to credit Northwestern; they've played tough games like this too. We did everything. We forced them into really tough shots that they had to make to tie the game twice. Our kids played their tails off. There's nothing to hang our heads about. We're disappointed. I'm disappointed for them, but it was a great opportunity for us to get better."

On playing well compared to past overtime appearances ... "I'm really excited about that. We got down early again, but we fought right back. Aubrey (Dawkins) made a big shot; Spike (Albrecht) made big shots; Zak Irvin was sensational. It would have been a great win for us to get, but we had a couple bad breaks in that last minute. We could have gone up, but it just didn't happen."

On the decision not to foul at the end of regulation and overtime ... "We make them make tough shots like that. It comes from not being an overall good rebounding team. When Tre Demps made the first we thought about fouling him the second. So I asked if they wanted to foul and they said, 'No fouling, we want to guard them. Let's get them.' I went with that. It's still my decision, but based on what we've usually done and what the team wanted to do, we went with it."

On Zak Irvin's double-double and Aubrey Dawkins' career-high 21 points ... "Both those guys really played an excellent basketball game. It was good to see them do that. Both of them have been working hard on their games, on their shooting. We played a lot of minutes tonight. Those guys played a lot of minutes. That's why I wanted them to be rewarded with the victory."

On how he would describe the game ... "You describe it as great college basketball. It's tremendous. It's why people love college basketball and why it will never go away. You've got very good players on both teams. Chris Collins had some great plays coming out of those timeouts, and they end up stinging us with them. It was great college basketball. We're disappointed right now but not demoralized. We're excited for Rutgers on Saturday."


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