Mark Donnal talks final sequence, 'making up' for missed free throw late

Michigan big man Mark Donnal discusses the final sequence of missing a free throw late and making up for it on the other end.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan was up by two points with less than a minute to go against No. 3 Maryland on Tuesday night and up steps U-M big man Mark Donnal for the one-and-one after being intentionally foul.

Maybe he wasn't the best free throw shooter to have on the line but he did his job.

He sunk his first one to stretch the Wolverines' lead to three.

"Basically I've got to focus on making it," Donnal said. "You shoot free throws every day in practice and basically you just shut everything else out. I made one of them, unfortunately the last one didn't go in but we had a good stop in the closing seconds to finish off a good win."

After missing the second off, the chase was on to get back down the court and defend the inevitable three-point shot. That shot taken by Maryland did not fall and U-M was able to walk away with a 70-67 upset victory over the Terrapins to improve to 3-1 in Big Ten play.

"I missed the last free throw so I knew I kind of had to make up for it," Donnal said. "I think I did a good job of staying in front of him and getting a good contest. He got a good look but it didn't go down."

Donnal once again came up big when the team needed him the most. With two consecutive blocks with 45 seconds left to go in the first half and coming up with key rebounds, he stepped up -- along with Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin -- when the team needed him the most.

Also, weathering a late storm when the Terrapins came surging back also showed his much this team has grown, too.

"We were in the huddle with about five minutes left and it was about the same amount of time we kind of shut down at Purdue," Donnal said. "They kind of pulled out that win against us so we knew we had to buckle down and get some stops, we did a good job coming out of that timeout."


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