DAYTON, Ohio -- Zak Irvin knows what’s it’s like to make big shots.
After all, he made the game winner against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament the week prior.
This time, however, it was the First Four, and Irvin came up clutch again.
Trailing 60-59 against No. 11 Tulsa, Irvin came off a high ball-screen, pulled up and hit the go-ahead three pointer with 52.7 seconds remaining to put Michigan up 62-60.
“Coach trust the ball in my hands,” Irvin said afterwards. “I had a ball-screen up top. I just let the play unravel. I just saw that I was open and decided to take it.”
Thanks to his shot, Michigan would go on to win 67-62.
“It was like the same feeling I had after the Northwestern shot,” Irvin said. “Right as it left my hands it felt good."
Irvin shot 6-of-12, including 2-of-5 from 3s, and finished with 16 points.
“(I’m) very confident,” Irvin said of his game right now. “I know I had some shots, I wasn’t able to make some. But I was able to get a little bit of a rhythm in the second half. Like I said, right when it left my hands it felt great.”
Moving on, Michigan must now focus on No. 6 Notre Dame this Friday in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Were going to enjoy (the win) right now in Dayton,” Irvin said. “But once we get to Brooklyn we’ll have a whole new mentality.”
Adding: “Notre Dame on Friday, we know that one is not going to be easy,” Irvin said. “Notre Dame is a great team, we just got to be ready for them.”