Michigan upsets UConn
Zack Novak made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1˝ minutes left and Manny Harris followed with a layup to power the Wolverines to a 68-63 win over the Huskies on Sunday.
The Wolverines (10-7) earned the signature win they needed in a season that started with them ranked 15th, coming off their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998. They’ll have to finish the season very strong to earn another bid, but beating Connecticut could prove to be important.
“It’s got to help us,” Michigan coach John Beilein said.
The Huskies (11-6) have lost three straight for the first time since closing the 2006-07 season with four losses.
“We can’t keep doing this,” Jerome Dyson said. “We’ve got to fight through it because if we don’t fix this right now, we’re going to run out of time to fix it.”
Connecticut’s Kemba Walker finished with 15 points, Gavin Edwards scored 14, Dyson had 13 and Stanley Robinson added 11. The rest of the Huskies combined for 10 points.
Connecticut struggled at the free-throw line, missing four in the last 45 seconds and going 16 of 25 overall.
“We lost the game because we couldn’t make foul shots,” coach Jim Calhoun said.
Dyson, the team’s leading scorer, was limited because of foul trouble and was 5 of 16 from the field and 2 for 5 at the line.
Harris, who had 18 points and eight rebounds, continued to play well for Michigan. For a change, he got plenty of help.
Stu Douglass scored 13 points and Novak had 10 points. Sims had eight points and 11 rebounds while dealing with foul trouble and Anthony Wright nearly doubled his season high with nine points.
Michigan will be challenged in its next three games, traveling to play Wisconsin and Purdue before returning home to face rival Michigan State.
-- Indiana 81, Minnesota 78 (OT)—At Bloomington, Ind., Verdell Jones made a
12-foot jumper with 32.8 seconds left in overtime to give Indiana the lead. Freshman Christian Watford then made two free throws to seal the Hoosiers’ victory.
Jones finished with a career-high 24 points. Watford had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The victory ended Indiana’s three-game losing streak and sent students onto the court. The Hoosiers (8-9, 2-3) have now won more Big Ten games than they did last season.
Minnesota (12-6, 3-3) lost for the third time in four games. Devoe Joseph led the Golden Gophers with 19 points. Ralph Sampson III had 17.
The Hoosiers never trailed in regulation and Minnesota couldn’t tie it until Joseph hit a 10-footer with 9.6 seconds to go.
Joseph opened the overtime with two straight 3s, but Indiana scored the final eight points to win it.
Last updated: 2:06 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012