Michigan escapes Purdue on buzzer-beater

MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Published:

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Glenn Robinson III wanted this win more than any other.

Michigan coach John Beilein put the opportunity squarely in his hands.

After Beilein took his final timeout, the sophomore forward caught an across-the-court lob pass in the right corner, spun away from a defender and rolled in a mid-range bank shot as the buzzer sounded to give 16th-ranked Michigan a 77-76 overtime victory on his father's former home court.

"My teammates knew how much this game meant to me with my dad playing here and being from Indiana," Robinson said. "It feels great."

For the Robinson family, it was bittersweet.

Gelen Robinson, a soon-to-be Purdue football player, was in the crowd, cheering for his older brother.

So was Glenn's father, the former Boilermakers star and No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, who celebrated with his son in the semi-private Mackey Arena tunnel as he watched his favorite fans leave in stunned silence aftere the Wolverines overcame a 19-point deficit.

But the younger Robinson was every bit as good as his father was over the final 25 minutes.

He made six of his last eight shots and scored 14 of his 17 points -- none more important than the ball that seemingly hung on the rim forever before finally dropping through the net -- in the second half and overtime.

No. 3 ARIZONA 87, CALIFORNIA 59

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nick Johnson scored 22 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 and No. 3 Arizona turned its rematch with California into an 87-59 rout.

No. 8 VILLANOVA 67, BUTLER 48

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Darrun Hilliard and James Bell both scored 11 points each to lead Villanova past Butler, 67-48.

No. 12 VIRGINIA 65, MIAMI 40

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- London Perrantes scored a career-high 15 points and Virginia opened the second half with a 16-5 run on the way to its 12th consecutive win.

No. 15 IOWA ST. 83, WEST VIRGINIA 66

AMES, Iowa -- Georges Niang scored 24 points and DeAndre Kane had 17 and 11 rebounds as Iowa State got its seventh win in eight games.

No. 19 NORTH CAROLINA 85,

N.C. STATE 84, OT

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Marcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to cap a career night and help North Carolina to its 10th straight win.

No. 24 TEXAS 74, BAYLOR 69

AUSTIN, Texas -- Cameron Ridley had 20 points and 10 rebounds and made a big defensive play with a block in the final minute.

BIG TEN

ILLINOIS 60, NEBRASKA 49

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill combined for 23 points and the Illini ended Nebraska's five-game win streak, 60-49.

MAC

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 74, TOLEDO 66

DEKALB, Ill. -- Travon Baker scored 17 points and Jordan Threloff added 13 to lead Northern Illinois to a 74-66 victory over Toledo.

Down 32-31 at the break, Aaron Armstead's four points capped a 15-5 run to open the second half and give Northern Illinois a 46-37 lead with 13:01 to play. Rian Pearson scored to pull Toledo within one, 54-53 with 6:19 remaining. The Huskies answered with an 8-3 run, then went 12 of 16 from the line to seal it.

Napoleon graduate Jordan Lauf did not score for the Rockets.

EASTERN MICHIGAN 64, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 42

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Karrington Ward scored 18 points as Eastern Michigan rolled over Central Michigan 64-42.

BOWLING GREEN 73, KENT STATE 66

BOWLING GREEN -- Jehvon Clarke scored 21 points, including four game-clinching free throws, as Bowling Green held off a late Kent State charge to win 73-66.

BUFFALO 69, OHIO 63

ATHENS -- Javon McCrea scored 15 points as Buffalo used a balanced attack to protect first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 69-63 win over Ohio.

MIAMI (OHIO) 65, AKRON 61

OXFORD -- Will Felder and Will Sullivan scored 16 points each as Miami (Ohio) kept Akron at arm's length in the final minute to win.

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