Charles Matthews corralled a loose ball on the baseline and made the game-winning tear-drop as time expired to give No. 5 Michigan the 59-57 Big Ten home win over Minnesota on Tuesday night.
The Golden Gophers used a late 10-0 run in the second half to claw back and tie a crazy back-and-forth contest that saw Minnesota winning at halftime. Michigan rallied with a big run to start the second half as it looked like they were in control.
But after the game became tied with under 30 seconds left, Michigan had a final possession to make a play before a potential overtime. After a miss from Iggy Brazdeikis near the rim, the backtap found its way to Matthews as he swished the game-winner.
After losing to Wisconsin for their first loss of the season on Saturday, this was a sluggish win for the Wolverines. But they’ll definitely take it on an off-night in which they were 3-for-22 from three-point territory and won with defense.