ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A buzzer-beater at the end of regulation pushed the University of Michigan men’s basketball team and visiting Ohio Bobcats into overtime Sunday night (Nov. 20) at the Crisler Center, where the Wolverines eventually won a hard-fought 70-66 victory.
SUMMARY: A few late free throws out Kobe Bufkin gave Michigan a 2.1-second lead, but Ohio’s Dwight Wilson sank an incredible buzzer-beater as time ran out in the second half to force overtime. One clutch three out Jett Howard and late free throws Jaelin Llewellyn and Williams II Terrace in overtime were just enough to give Michigan a 70-66 win over the Bobcats.
OVER TIME: The Wolverines (4-1) opened overtime with a score Hunter Dickinson, which was quickly followed by a Howard three. Ohio (1-3) responded with a basket and a free throw with a minute left to draw within two minutes, but timely free throws from Llewellyn and Williams II along with strong defense down the stretch helped Michigan to a four-point victory in overtime.
SECOND HALF: Three points from Williams II and Llewellyn, followed by a one-handed jam from Howard, allowed Michigan to build momentum and extend their lead to six with 14 minutes to go. Ohio responded by outplaying the Wolverines 16-4 over the next five minutes and retaking a 53-47 lead. After a dry spell out of the field in which Michigan went 1-10, UM pulled off on a jumper within two (57-55). Kobe Bufkin and a three from Williams II. Five minutes from time, four unanswered points from Ohio put the Bobcats in sixth, but a 6-0 rally in Michigan helped erase the lead for a 61-61 1-09 draw . The teams traded turnovers before Bufkin was fouled, leaving two seconds in regulation. He threw down two clutch free throws to put Michigan ahead, but Ohio scored on a full pass of the court on the buzzer to force overtime.
FIRST HALF: Turnovers and long-range shots hurt the Wolverines early on. After four quick points ahead of Michigan turnovers, Ohio took an early 8-5 lead, forcing the head coach Juwan Howard to call a break. While a post-score from Howard and a three-pointer from Bufkin kept Michigan close, the Wolverines were down 12-16 midway through the half. After falling 27-21 on a series of Ohio three-pointers, Dickinson scored 12 points in the last three minutes of the half during a 12-2 run in Michigan, including a triple buzzer to send the Wolverines to the Halfway to the lead, 33-31.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Wolverines will host Jackson State on Wednesday (Nov. 23) at the Crisler Center. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, the pick is scheduled for 8:30 p.m
• Hunter Dickinson recorded his 19th career double-double (24 points, 14 rebounds). He is now level with the current head coach Juwan Howard for 18th all-time among Wolverines.
• Dickinson knocked down his first three-pointer of the 2022-23 season. He made 21 three-pointers last season behind 32.8 percent shooting from behind the arch.
• Jett Howard recorded his fourth game to go above 10 points this season and is now averaging 14.6 points per game.
• Howard also hit one of his career bests and team highs with four blocks and has the most blocks by a Wolverine in a single game this season.
• The win put the Wolverines up to an all-time 4-1 lead against Ohio.