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BIG 10: NU wins on buzzer beater

Mar 02, 2017

(Reuters) Dererk Pardon hauled in a full-court pass and scored a layup as time expired to lead Northwestern to a 67-65 Big Ten victory over Michigan and a school-record 21st victory on Wednesday at Welsh Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.

Vic Law scored 18 points while Bryant McIntosh added 13 as the Wildcats (21-9, 10-7 Big Ten) prevailed in a game that saw six late ties.

Derrick Walton Jr. scored 15 points, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 13 and Zak Irvin added 12 as the Wolverines (19-11, 9-8) saw a two-game winning streak end.

Irvin forced a 65-65 tie with 1:28 left in regulation with a layup, and each team missed a chance for a go-ahead bucket before Pardon pulled in the full-court pass from Nathan Taphorn and put up a shot that helped Northwestern snap a two-game losing streak.

Northwestern trailed only once in the opening half and opened an 11-point lead after a Taphorn three-point play made it 27-16 with 3:54 remaining. But Michigan replied with a 12-3 run over a 3:26 span to cut the deficit to 30-28 by halftime.

The Wildcats opened leads of as many as six points early in the second half but couldn’t shake the dangerous Wolverines.

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