Matthews buzzer beater stuns Minnesota
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, the Wolverines nearly needed extra time to get past Minnesota Tuesday evening, defeating the Golden Gophers 59-57 on a last second shot from Charles Matthews.

Going through periods of offensive drought, Michigan struggled out of the gate, surging late in the first half on a Jon Teske led comeback run. The Wolverines pulled ahead by as many as 13 points after the break, but once again fell silent offensively in the waning minutes.

Michigan failed to score a point for 4:50, giving up a 10-0 runs that lasted up to the final second. That’s when Charles Matthews stepped up to recover a loose ball and put the Gophers away.

“I’m happy, but I don’t feel like we played that well today,” said Matthews after the game. “But I’m still extremely happy we won.”

Leading up to the final shot, it had been a quiet evening for Matthews, who got in foul trouble early in the second half, and never found his rhythm after sitting out an extended time. Scoring seven points in the game, he went into the closing possession with just one point in the second half.

Ignas Brazdeikis led the Wolverines in scoring with 18 points, surging back from rough start that saw him miss his first seven shots. He finished with a double-double, also pulling down 11 rebounds. Teske added 15 points, scoring 11 of those during a 3:15 stretch in the first half.

Returning to their winning ways, the Wolverines improved to 18-1 on the season and 7-1 in Big Ten play. They will return to action on Friday, playing at Indiana at 6:30 p.m. eastern on FS1.

In the first meeting with the Hoosiers, Michigan built up a 19-point advantage in the first half, cruising to a 74-63 win. Indiana entered that game ranked No. 21 in the country, but it marked the first defeat in a five-game losing streak that they will carry into the rematch. In that stretch, the Hoosiers fell on the road to Maryland, Purdue and Northwestern, dropping a home matchup against Nebraska.

 
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