Michigan’s basketball program looked to take their recent hot streak into Brooklyn, taking on Notre Dame.
The Wolverines got off to a hot start, jumping out to an 11-7, making four of four from the floor. With heavy defense, streaky shooting, and effort, Michigan did everything they could in order to hold the lead against the Fighting Irish. The Wolverine defense held the Fighting Irish to just seven field goals, and forcing six turnovers.
Michigan held a 29-17 lead after a Duncan Robinson three-pointer. Mohamed Ali Abdul-Rahkman posted nine points on three-of-five shooting. All signs pointed to a Michigan lead going into the half, and that’s exactly what had happened. Michigan lead 41-29 heading into the half, after a big three-pointer with thirty seconds left, again by Robinson.
The second half, however, has been completely different. After capitalizing on ten Irish turnovers, leading to fourteen points, the Wolverines let their foot off the gas pedal, and it cost them. The Wolverines entered the half with a twelve-point lead, yet found themselves tied at 48 with 11:48 remaining in the game.
Fast forward two minutes, the Irish hit a big three, and Notre Dame held their first lead, albeit short-lived. Following back-to-back Michigan threes, the Wolverines reclaimed the lead, and the crowd began to get invested. The game began to feel like a heavyweight boxing match. Lead change after lead change, Notre Dame led 59-58 with 4:10 left.
It took nearly sixteen minutes, but the Wolverines attempted their first free-throws of the game at 4:10. Ballgame tied at 59, Notre Dame’s Beachem hit a long three, followed by a short jumper, and took a five-point lead, 64-59 with 3:01 remaining. Michigan has played close games since March began, tonight was no different.
After a costly Irish turnover with 2:20 remaining, Michigan wasn’t able to capitalIze off of the turnover, and trailing by five. Irvin was able to lay in a bucket, pulling Michigan within three, trailing 66-63 with just a minute to play.
After a missed lay-up by Notre Dame, Zak Irvin tried a long distance three, but no luck. Notre Dame hung on to the lead, and ended Michigan’s tournament run. The Fighting Irish downed the Wolverines, 70-63 to play Stephen F. Austin on Sunday.