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Last-second gaffe doesn't cost Michigan in tense win

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tim Hardaway was a bit careless while contesting Alex Marcotullio's shot, fouling the 3-point shooter with .3 seconds left in a game that Michigan led by three.

Marcotullio missed the first free throw, and Hardaway could breathe easy.

"He had a wide-open shot and I was probably too eager," Hardaway said. "I need to be able to get over on a play like that and contest the shot without giving up a foul."

Michigan was far from perfect Wednesday night, but the 13th-ranked Wolverines were happy after rallying from 10 down in the second half and holding off Northwestern 66-64 in overtime. Hardaway scored 19 and freshman Trey Burke also had 19, including the Wolverines' final eight.

Northwestern trailed 66-63 when Marcotullio was fouled by Hardaway in the right corner. He hadn't attempted a shot all night and had six free-throw tries on the season. After missing the first, Marcotullio made the second and intentionally missed the third. The Wildcats were unable to tip in the rebound.

Michigan (14-3, 4-1 Big Ten) shot 33 percent from the field but had 17 offensive rebounds and forced 16 turnovers.

NO. 1 SYRACUSE 79, VILLANOVA 66: Dion Waiters had 20 points in his home city, and the visiting Orange (5-0 Big East) improved to 18-0 for the second straight season.

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 68, AUBURN 53: Anthony Davis and Doron Lamb scored 14 each for the visiting Wildcats (16-1, 2-0 SEC), who finished an uneven performance with a 23-6 run.

NO. 9 MISSOURI 76, IOWA ST. 69: Matt Pressey led five players in double figures with 14 points, and the visiting Tigers (15-1, 2-1 Big 12) bounced back from their first loss.

NO. 10 KANSAS 81, TEXAS TECH 46: Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Jayhawks (13-3), 3-0 in the Big 12 for the sixth straight season.

NO. 25 MARQUETTE 83, ST. JOHN'S 64: Davante Gardner had career bests of 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the host Golden Eagles (13-4, 2-2 Big East).

UCF 74, HOUSTON 63: Isaiah Sykes had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the host Knights (13-3, 3-0 C-USA), who announced that senior center Dwight McCombs will not return this season.

ECKERD 80, TAMPA 64: Lance Kearse had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the host Tritons (8-4, 3-2 Sunshine State). Ashton Graham had a career-high 27 points for the Spartans (4-10, 0-5).

SAINT LEO 60, FLA. SOUTHERN 57: Dominick Robinson hit a 3-pointer with one second left and had 16 points off the bench for the host Lions (8-6, 2-2 SSC).


NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 63, USF 57: Shoni Schimmel had 16 points as the host Cardinals (14-3, 3-1 Big East) rallied. The Bulls (9-8, 1-2) led 47-39 with 10:17 left after Inga Orekhova's steal led to Jasmine Wynne's layup. But Louisville went on a 15-0 run over the next four minutes.

ECKERD 76, TAMPA 65: Linsey Niles and Krystal Charles had 17 points each for the host Tritons (8-4, 3-2 Sunshine State), who hit 11 of 20 3-pointers. Moriah Hodge had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Spartans (7-7, 1-4).

FLA. SOUTHERN 59, SAINT LEO 44: Morgan Lamberg had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the visiting Moccasins past the Lions (6-8, 0-4 SSC), giving coach Jarrod Olson his 100th win.

NO. 1 BAYLOR 71, OKLA. ST. 44: Brittney Griner had 28 points with 11 rebounds for the host Bears (16-0, 3-0 Big 12), who blew it open with a 20-4 run in the first seven minutes of the second half.

OKLAHOMA 71, NO. 10 TEXAS TECH 68: Freshman Sharane Campbell scored the final seven as the host Sooners overcame a 10-minute stretch without a field goal to upset the Raiders (14-1, 2-1 Big 12).

Last-second gaffe doesn't cost Michigan in tense win 01/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:51pm]
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