In a crazy finish, Derrick Walton Jr. had one last chance to extend Michigan’s first opportunity to earn at back-to-back road wins in Big Ten play this season.
With Michigan trailing 81-78, the senior dribbled down the court, pulled up slightly right of the three-point line, hoisted up a good looking shot, and then – clang – it rattled off the back of the iron.
And like that, Michigan was forced to foul, losing at Minnesota, 83-78, in overtime Sunday evening.
Walton and D.J. Wilson led Michigan (17-10, 7-7 Big Ten) with 16 points each.
Minnesota’s (20-7, 8-6) Jordan Murphy led the Gophers with 16.
No.1 Wilson Clutch Three Forces OT
With 12 seconds remaining, Michigan trailed the Gophers 72-69, needing a game tying bucket to force overtime. After an inbound pass to Duncan Robinson, the sharp shooter was forced to give it up to D.J. Wilson, who found himself open five feet beyond the arc. So, of course, Wilson launched and sank the game tying three-pointer with 1.2 seconds to go, solidifying the comeback for U-M.
No. 2 Technical Proves Costly
With just under five minutes remaining and Minnesota leading 58-57, U-M’s bench received a technical foul when a. assistant jumped on the Gophers elevated floor when a U-M player was called for a controversial blocking foul. Minnesota would hit both technical free throws, including its next pair for the foul, and would up its lead to 64-57 on a Murphy dunk.
Luckily, behind Wilson’s three, U-M would end regulation on a 12-4 run to force OT.
No. 3: Road Struggles Continue
After winning at Indiana 75-63 last Sunday, U-M's only road win of the season, Michigan had multiple opportunities to take this game from Minnesota. However, with no team able to pull away, it was U-M’s mistakes in the end that cost them, specifically free-throws. The Wolverines shot a dreadful 9-of-18 from the free throw line.
Michigan 17-10, 7-7 Big Ten) plays at Rutgers this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.