MADISON, Wis. – When Ben Brust tied the game at the end of regulation with a shot just from just inside midcourt, his teammate Mike Bruesewitz looked over at Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and saw something unusual.
His coach had both his arms in the air.
You know when he shows some emotion, you’ve done something pretty special, Bruesewitz said.
Brust then hit the tie-breaking three-pointer with less than 40 seconds left in overtime as Wisconsin beat No. 3 Michigan 65-62 on Saturday.
It was awesome, something I’ll remember forever, and I’m sure a lot of people will, Brust said of the game, which ended with students storming the court and Bruesewitz taking the public address announcer’s microphone to thank the crowd as students celebrated around him.
Brust’s shot at the end of regulation was a dramatic turn of events for Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) and a soul crusher for Michigan (21-3, 8-3).
Just moments earlier, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a contested three-pointer to put the Wolverines up 60-57 with less than 3 seconds left.
After a timeout, Bruesewitz passed up his first option in the inbounds play and hit Brust in stride. The guard took one dribble across halfcourt and launched the shot, which hit nothing but net.
Michigan coach John Beilein said the order coming out of the timeout was to foul. He also put Caris LeVert on Brust to bolster the defense.
We were definitely fouling, wanted to keep everyone in front of us and (Brust) turned the corner on (LeVert) just enough that he couldn’t foul him, Beilein said. I thought we had them once they couldn’t get their initial guy.
With Caris’ quickness, we thought he could get there, but he didn’t.
For all the fireworks in the final 3 seconds, the teams managed only seven points in overtime, including Brust’s winning three-pointer.
IOWA 71, NORTHWESTERN 57: In Iowa City, Iowa, Devyn Marble broke a lengthy slump with 21 points as the Hawkeyes snapped a two-game losing streak.
Josh Oglesby added 10 for Iowa (15-9, 4-7 Big Ten).
Snider grad Reggie Hearn had 13 to lead Northwestern (13-11, 4-7), which lost for the third time in four games.