The Big Ten had six teams in action Monday with all three games coming down to the buzzer or concluding in overtime.
Michigan fended off Maryland with two free-throws from Muhammed Ali Abdur-Rhakman with one second remaining. After a late Penn State rally, Minnesota was able to pull away from the Nittany Lions in overtime on the road. In Omaha, James Palmer Jr. hit a game winning three-pointer with under a second left to win their fourth conference game of the year.
Lets take a look at all of the hectic Big Ten hoops action from Monday night.
Game Of The Night:
-No 23. Michigan Wolverines 68, Maryland Terrapins 67
With 3.2 seconds, Maryland looked like they were going to escape out of Ann Arbor with a win when Kevin Huerter drilled a three-pointer to put the Terrapins up 67-66. On the ensuing inbound play, Isaiah Livers found Muhammed Ali Abdur-Rahkman at midcourt and he was fouled with 1.2 seconds remaining. Abdur-Rahkman drilled both of his free-throws to secure the Wolverines’s victory after Huerter’s full-court heave fell short of the basket.
Early on it looked like the Terrapins were going to run away with this one. They led by as many as 14 in the first half and went into the break with a 30-20 lead. Michigan hit just nine field goals in the first 20 minutes.
Anthony Cowan led all scorers with a game high 24 points. The Terrapins also received huge contributions from Huerter and Darryl Morsell who scored 12 and 10 points respectively.
However, until the final minute the rest of the game was all Michigan.
Moe Wagner led the way for Michigan with 18 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds. Jordan Poole was the Wolverine’s only other double-digit scorer by tallying 11 points off of the bench.
The Wolverines came out of the break at went on a 10-0 run to tie the game. With 5 minutes remaining, Michigan’s lead stretched to double-digits for the first time when they made three of their 11 three-pointers in a :44 second stretch.
With the victory Michigan has won nine out of their last 10 games and improved to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play. They will be back in action Thursday night when they travel to Nebraska. Maryland fell to 14-6 overall and 3-4 in Big Ten play following the loss. Their next game will also be Thursday night when they host Minnesota.
-Minnesota Golden Gophers 95, Penn State Nittany Lions 84 (OT)
Three Minnesota players scored over 20 points to lead Minnesota over Penn State in overtime. Nate Mason scored a team high 25 points, Dupree McBrayer added 24, and Jordan Murphy added 22 points while also grabbing 19 rebounds.
With just under nine minutes remaining, Minnesota increased their lead to 63-50, their largest of the game. The Golden Gophers were hot from the field for most of the game which allowed them to gain their strong lead. They shot 53 percent from the field and made 10 of their 17 shot attempts from behind the arc, including three crucial ones late in overtime.
Over the next five minutes, Penn State went on a 15-2 run to tie the game at 65-65, led by the strong play of Tony Carr. Carr scored a game-high 33 points while three other Nittany Lions joined him in double figures. Mike Watkins recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Shep Garner and Lamar Stevens scored 11 and 12 points respectively.
With a minute remaining in overtime, Minnesota got their lead back up to 10 at 90-80 and was able to hold off Penn State for the remainder of the game.
With the win Minnesota improved to 14-6 on the year and 3-4 in conference play. They will travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins Thursday night. With the loss Penn State fell to 13-7 overall and 3-4 in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions will return to action Saturday night when they travel to Northwestern.
James Palmer Jr. scored a game high 24 points for Nebraska. None were bigger than the three he scored with 0.3 seconds remaining to lead the Cornhuskers over Illinois Monday night.
With :18 second remaining Nebraska held a slim 61-59 lead. On Illinois ensuing possession, Michael Finke nailed a three pointed and added a free throw to give the Illini a 63-61 lead. After a timeout, on Nebraska’s next possession Glynn Watson Jr. found Palmer Jr. who heaved and drained a the game winning three-pointed.
Palmer Jr. was the only Nebraska starter to score in double figures and was joined by Evan Taylor who recorded 13 points off the bench.
For most of the first half, the Illini and Cornhuskers played in a tightly contested, one possession game. The largest lead of the half for either team came when Thomas Allen connected on a free-throw with two minutes remaining to give Nebraska a 32-25 lead. However, Illini scored the final five points of the half to go into the break trailing 32-30.
With 14 minutes remaining, it looked like Nebraska was beginning to pull away. In a 40-40 game, the Cornhuskers went on an 8-0 run to give to them their largest lead of the game at 48-40 with 11 minutes left. The Cornhuskers led the rest of the way until Finke’s four-point play.
Finke was joined by starters Trent Frazier and Leron Black in double figures. Frazier recorded a game high 19 points while Finke and Black tallied 16 and 11 points respectively.
Nebraska improved to 13-7 on the year and 4-3 in Big Ten play with the victory. They will host the hot Michigan Wolverines this Thursday. With the loss Illinois dropped to 10-9 on the year and 0-6 in conference play. The Illini will travel to play Wisconsin Friday night.