Poole's buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifts Michigan over Houston 64-63

Lynette Rowe
March 19, 2018

But a pair of missed free throws by Davis left the game at 63-61 with a few seconds remaining, giving MI a chance to tie or win it.

The improbability of the moment perhaps countered Michigan's similarly improbable shooting on the night, as head coach John Beilein's Wolverines consistently misfired from deep to the tune of 26.7 percent shooting (8-of-30).

Abdur-Rahkman and Moritz Wagner each scored 12 points to lead MI, and Charles Matthews and Duncan Robinson added 11 apiece.

MI will play the North Carolina/Texas A&M victor Thursday at the Staples Center. Houston's Devin Davis was at the free-throw line with a chance to ice it.

The shot sent the Wolverines into a frenzy, and as Poole ran around the court, at one point right in front of the Houston bench, his teammates chased him until they eventually made a dog pile under the same basket Poole mad his shot. He split a pair before the two big free throws with Houston up 63-61 and 3.9 seconds left. Davis missed both free throws and luckily, the Wolverines had one timeout left.

The game included 17 lead changes and was tied 28-28 at halftime. Wagner leads in rebounds with 7.1 while Zavier Simpson tops in assists with 3.6. It certainly was not their best outside shooting performance, but the last made three-pointer is the most important.

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As Michigan celebrated, the referees went to the scorer's table to review the play and ensure that Poole had got it off in time.

While Poole's shot was incredible, there is another shot in MI basketball history that may be better.

Houston started the second half with four points but Brady lost his cool and picked up two fouls as MI took back the lead.

Davis grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled on the next possession. Gray led the Cougars with 23 points in the loss against MI.

Ohio State ended its season at 25-9.

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