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November 22, 2013

Instant Recap: U-M 82, FSU 80 (OT)

Florida State, a team that dominated VCU a day earlier, nearly upset the Wolverines, but Michigan staged a furious comeback to win in overtime, 82-80.

The Wolverines will now play Charlotte in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST.

First-Half Thoughts

It took a few possessions for Michigan to adapt to the size and length of a tough Florida State team that worked it inside to earn a few baskets and fouls in the early goings.

The Seminoles beat a 6-2 lead before Michigan woke up and got to what it does best: getting out in transition and finding easy three-point buckets.

Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas got it going with a transition three from the corner, and sophomore guard Caris LeVert added one on the next Michigan possession.

With the Wolverines' shot clock winding down on its next possession, freshman point guard Derrick Walton jacked one up from deep, sinking another three-ball to turn a 6-2 deficit into an 8-6 lead.

The Wolverines' transition game was integral in the opening minutes, but it slowed down from there.

At the 11:26 mark, sophomore Glenn Robinson III missed a wrap-around dunk, but sophomore Mitch McGary was there to clean up with a monster put-back jam.

On Florida State's next possession, Michigan forced a turnover, but the Seminoles tipped a Stauskas pass for an easy breakaway layup.

Over the next 90 seconds, FSU used good defense and some Michigan miscues to go on a run, building a 22-14 lead and forcing Michigan coach John Beilein to take a timeout.

The timeout certainly helped. The Wolverines ran a beautiful pick-and-roll with sophomore guard Spike Albrecht and McGary. McGary rolled off with a wide-open lane and an easy dunk to stop to Florida State momentum.

The Florida State defense overcommitted on McGary during the next possession, giving Albrecht an open lane up the middle for a layup, pulling Michigan back within four points, 22-18.

Beilein brought McGary back to the bench for a breather - although McGary clearly wanted to stay in the game.

On Michigan's next offensive possession, LeVert and fifth-year senior forward Jordan Morgan went back to the pick-and-roll that had worked so well. It was open, but Morgan was a step to slow to go up with it, and the Florida State defense came over and shut it down.

The Seminoles isolated Stauskas on the defensive end for a bucket and got out in transition after a Robinson missed three, with an easy layup to push the lead back to 10 points, 28-18.

After a solid Michigan defensive possession, Florida State's Ian Miller sunk a three-point shot well beyond NBA range, putting the Seminoles up 31-18 and forcing Beilien to take another timeout.

After starting the game 3-of-4 from three-point range, Michigan missed its next five outside shots.

But Walton helped stop the bleeding with the swish from beyond the arc, coming out of the timeout. After an errant Florida State pass gave Michigan the ball back with just under five minutes to go in the half, LeVert sliced into the lane and lofted a pass up for Robinson, who finally got on the board with a monster alley-oop dunk, waking up the small but vocal Michigan contingent in the stands and cutting the FSU lead to 31-23.

McGary hit a nice two-pointer from the corner and LeVert found him in the lane in transition for a quick four points with just over two minutes to go in the half, cutting the leading to 34-27.

He out-positioned the Florida State offense for a long rebound on the next possession, and ESPN commentator Dan Dakich mused, "If you want to be a basketball player, play like this guy."

With just over a minute to go, McGary force a Florida State turnover, but a Walton three from the corner rimmed out on the other end.

Miller - coming off a career-high 22 points yesterday against VCU - sunk another deep three-point shot as the clock was winding down, giving him 16 in the half.

A LeVert shot rimmed out, ending the half.

Score: Florida State 37, Michigan 27

Michigan First-Half Leaders:

  • McGary: 4-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, two assists, eight points.

  • Walton: 2-of-5 shooting, 2-of-3 three-point shooting, three assists, two rebounds seven points.

  • LeVert: 2-of-5 shooting, three assists, five points

  • Stauskas: 1-of-4 shooting, one rebound, three points.

    Second-Half Thoughts

    Stauskas missed his first two three-point shots of the second half, and Michigan was held off the board for the first three minutes, helping Florida State build on its lead.

    Beilein took a timeout at 17:10, at which point Michigan had hit one of its last 12 shot attempts and Florida State built its lead to 43-27.

    Out of the timeout, Stauskas helped get Michigan on the board, tipping in a putback, and he made a terrific defensive play on the other end to get his hand on a pass and give Michigan the ball back going the other way.

    Although Stauskas got off to a slow start in the half, those two plays were enormous, to eliminate the Seminole momentum and give the Wolverines hope of starting to stage a comeback.

    McGary was fouled on the ensuing possession, giving Michigan a full shot clock in the half court.

    Michigan set up a great play underneath the basket, with a McGary touch shot. The Wolverines took a Florida State turnover into transition, and Robinson sunk a rainbow floater in the later, pulling within 10, 43-33.

    McGary and seven-footer Michael Ojo traded blows on the next two possessions. Ojo backed McGary into the lane and sunk a bank off the glass. McGary drew a foul on Ojo on the next possession.

    Ojo drew a foul from McGary on the next possession, giving McGary three and sending him to the bench.

    Robinson, who had been quiet for most of the game's first 25 minutes, starting to wake up. After his rainbow floater, he drew a foul on a drive into the lane - but missed both free throws. Luckily, Florida State mishandles the rebound, which gave the ball back to the Wolverines.

    Stauskas made an unbelievable move to shake a Florida State guard out of his shoes and open a lane toward the basket. He finished with a ridiculous jam - giving the Wolverines a little momentum and closing the lead to 46-36.

    With just over 13 minutes to go, Michigan went back to a 1-3-1 zone defensive look, which clearly frazzled Florida State.

    A minute later, Walton hit a huge three-pointer from the corner. With the 1-3-1 still giving them problems, the Seminoles found a way to hit a shot over top.

    At the 11:21 mark, the Wolverines headed into a TV timeout down 10, 51-41.

    After Miller slipped, giving up the ball, McGary traversed the length of the court, got caught up in the muck around the basket and mad a behind-the-back bounce pass to Stauskas in the corner, who sunk a three-point basket.

    But Michigan couldn't really build - Robinson fouled a shooter on the other end, leading to a three-point play. Florida State 55, Michigan 46.

    Freshman Zak Irvin was the next Wolverine to find success going to the rim, finding a lane and putting up a finger roll off the glass. After McGary blocked a shot on the other end, Albrecht hit a shot at the top of the key, and all of a sudden Michigan was within four, 55-51.

    Albrecht and McGary, who found success with the pick-and-roll in the first half, went back to it after a Robinson foul led to two FSU free throws. McGary went up hard to the rim and got fouled.

    He hit one of two. With eight minutes to go, the score stood 57-52.

    At the seven-minute mark, McGary took a rebound and barreled down the length of the court for a running layup.

    With just under four minutes to go, Stauskas found Walton inside, who went up, got fouled hard and finished for an and-one opportunity.

    Walton hit the free throw, to pull the score to Florida State 64, Michigan 59. And the Seminoles coughed up a costly turnover against the 1-3-1 zone, but Michigan did not capitalize.

    With 2:40 to go and an eight-point deficit, Stauskas drew a foul (after missing shots on each of the last two drives). Unfortunately, he missed his first - but hit his second to make it a seven-point game.

    The 1-3-1 forced another FSU turnover, and Robinson - quietly offensively for most of the game to this point - hit a huge three-point shot on the other end. With two minutes to go, Michigan had cut the Seminole lead to four: 67-63.

    On the next possession, the Seminoles' trouble with the 1-3-1 continued. LeVert poked at the ball, and Robinson got a hold of it - and was fouled near midcourt.

    With 1:28 to go, the foul was huge, giving Michigan a chance to cut into the lead with the clock stopped. And Robinson came up big, hitting both. Florida State 67, Michigan 65.

    Stauskas was fouled diving for a loose ball on the next possession. With 0:48.3 left, he hit both, making the score FSU 69, U-M 67.

    The 1-3-1 forced a tough FSU shot on the other end. Beilein took a timeout with 0:11.1 to got, down two with a chance to send the game into overtime or win it with a three.

    Out of the timeout, Stauskas drive hard to the rim, finding an open lane and an easy shot. Florida State tried to push it up for a chance at the win - but stepped out of bounds. With 2.2 seconds left, Michigan had a chance at the win.

    Nothing doing - overtime.

    Overtime Thoughts

    Robinson made a great defensive move to force a turnover on the first possession of the overtime - and then came down and hit a big shot to give Michigan its first lead since the 13-minute mark of the first half.

    Although he had been quiet for most of the game, Robinson made some huge plays down the stretch.

    On Michigan's next possession, Stauskas hit a deep shot. Florida State answered with a two-pointer, and Stauskas drove and drew a foul next - with a chance to build on the lead with free throws. He hit one: Michigan 75, Florida State 73.

    Still in the 1-3-1 zone, Michigan came up big again - with Walton drawing a charge under the basket. Once again, Stauskas drew a foul, hitting both to give Michigan a four-point lead with less than two-and-a-half minutes to go.

    Robinson continued his late-game surge with a long jumper for two on the Wolverines next possession. After Ojo hit a tough on in the lane, Stauskas draw another foul, with 1:17 left.

    He hit one to put Michigan up 80-77.

    Michigan got a huge defensive stop - finally - at the other end and took som time off the clock. But McGary missed a leaner. With less than 15 seconds to go, Walton was fouled while attempting to collect a rebound. He hit both shots, all but sealing a Michigan win, 82-77.

    Miller, who score 16 points in the first half and was shut out in the second, hit a huge shot from the corner with 5.1 seconds to go - keeping the Seminoles' hopes alive.

    Out of the timeout, Walton missed the front end of his free throws. Beilein took a timeout to make a defensive play. He missed the second - but Florida State's desperation heave smacked off the glass.

    Michigan moves on to the title matchup with Charlotte.
    Michigan Game Leaders

  • Stauskas: 7-16 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, 26 points.

  • Walton: 4-9 shooting, four rebounds, six assists, 15 points.

  • McGary: 6-15 shooting, 12 rebounds, three assists, 14 points.

  • Robinson: 5-9 shooting, five rebounds, 13 points.

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