D.J. Wilson’s deep 3-point basket with 1.8 seconds left in regulation sent Michigan into an overtime period, but the Wolverines ran out of heroics in the extra period and saw their three-game winning streak snapped with an 83-78 loss at Minnesota on Sunday night.
Michigan (17-10, 7-7 Big Ten) trailed by 8 points after a Golden Gophers 4-point play with 2 minutes, 54 seconds to play. But Wilson’s first made 3 of the game — from several feet beyond the top of the 3-point line and with 2 seconds left in regulation — capped the comeback and brought on the extra time.
Wilson made a second 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left in overtime to bring Michigan within one point, 79-78, but Minnesota freshman Amir Coffey made two free throws to give the Gophers (20-7, 8-6) an 81-78 lead. Derrick Walton Jr. had a look at a 3-pointer to tie the score but it was long off the back iron of the rim.
Walton and Wilson each scored 16 points to lead Michigan. Jordan Murphy had 16 points to lead Minnesota.
Minnesota has now won five straight after having lost five games in a row. Michigan had won the previous nine games between the teams.
The Michigan bench was assessed a technical foul with 4:39 left to play after referee Ted Valentine said an assistant coach jumped up on the raised court apron at Williams Arena and ran to the baseline following a foul call against Michigan’s Mark Donnal. Minnesota made all four free throws in the sequence to take a 62-57 lead.
Minnesota led 29-27 at halftime after holding Michigan to just 40 percent shooting (10 of 25) from the field, including just 3 of 12 (25 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. The Golden Gophers also had an 11-0 advantage in second-chance points thanks to seven offensive rebounds to just one for the Wolverines.
The game featured 18 lead changes and was tied eight times.
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Why it happened
Minnesota used its inside presence to its advantage. The Gophers had a 13-3 advantage on offensive rebounds, which turned into a 19-0 advantage on second-chance points. Minnesota was also 28 of 41 from the free throw line, compared to the Wolverines’ 9-of-18 showing.
What it means
Minnesota joins Michigan State in a tie for fifth place with 8-6 Big Ten records, while Michigan falls a game back at 7-7. The top four teams get double-byes in the Big Ten tournament. Third-place Maryland (10-4) and fourth-place Northwestern (9-5) can still be caught.
Wilson scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added 7 rebounds. His two 3-pointers gave the Wolverines a shot at the win.
Michigan free-throw shooting, which certainly hasn’t been the case all season. The Wolverines came into the game making 78.9 percent for the season, which would put them on pace to set a program record. But they were off the mark all night, exemplified by Walton Jr.’s 1-for-4 performance after entering the game shooting 89.9 percent from the line.
Who is next
Michigan stays on the road to face Rutgers (13-15, 2-13) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Michigan's 3-game win streak snapped in OT, 83-78 at Minnesota… pic.twitter.com/zS08Ue1fw7
— Kevin Goheen (@CincyGoGo) February 20, 2017