West Lafayette, Ind. — In a clutch situation, Glenn Robinson III had a game that even his father could be proud of.
Purdue legend Glenn Robinson Jr. was in the crowd as his son provided another memorable Robinson finish at Mackey Arena.
But this time, it was Robinson III lifting Michigan to a 77-76 win with a buzzer-beating basket in overtime off an inbounds play, helping the Wolverines come back from a 19-point, first-half deficit.
The win gives Michigan (20-7, 12-3 Big Ten) a one-game lead over Michigan State with three games left in the regular season.
“I’m really happy, especially for Glenn and the way he played today,” coach John Beilein said. “This game really means a lot to him because his brother is coming here to school and his dad went here. It’s got a lot of emotion in it, so it’s great for Glenn as well.”
U-M inbounded the ball with 2.9 seconds left as Caris LeVert threw a high pass crosscourt over the defense to Robinson on the opposite baseline. Robinson took a dribble toward the basket and laid it off the backboard, with the ball rolling around the rim before falling in at the buzzer.
“Coach (John Beilein) drew up a great play; he told Caris to just throw the ball up there and I’d go get it. We had three seconds for the last-second shot and that’s what I did,” said Robinson, who added eight rebounds and three assists.
“I actually thought he overthrew it, so I jumped as high as I could. The ball was rolling around on the rim and I was just praying that it went down.”
Purdue (15-13, 5-10) had a chance to extend the lead to three with 12.2 seconds left, but freshman Kendall Stephens missed the first free throw of a one-and-one opportunity. Before the miss, the Boilermakers had made all 17 of their free-throw attempts.
“It’s part of the game; there’s a lot of really good players that have been in that situation and missed them,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “Those are the ones that make you a better player — they sit with you a long time.”
The Wolverines took their first lead on a dunk by Nik Stauskas (15 points) on the first possession of overtime. U-M looked to be in control, taking a 73-70 lead after Jordan Morgan (13 points, nine rebounds) had his second of three baskets in the back-and-forth period.
But the Boilermakers got two free throws from Rapheal Davis (10 points and 10 rebounds) and two from Stephens.
Morgan added another dunk for a one-point lead before Ronnie Johnson (21 points, four rebounds and seven assists) gave Purdue its final lead, 76-75, ahead of Stephens’ miss.
“I was just trying to get to the glass and clean up everything on defense as best I could and just finish,” Morgan said. “In OT, every possession counts and just trying to get an extra possession for our team.”
U-M struggled in the first half, digging a 27-8 deficit in the first 13 minutes, before rallying in the second half, with Robinson scoring 10 of his points.
“It’s a great win for us but my teammates know how much this game meant to me, especially with my dad playing here and me being from Indiana,” Robinson III said. “They did a great job of never giving up on this game; we competed hard and came out with the victory.”
Robinson Jr., who was the national player of the year at Purdue in 1994 and has his retired number 13 hanging in the rafters, was proud of the last shot.
“It was a good shot, a good play. It was a good game — it could have gone either way so I’m happy for him,” said Robinson Jr., who played 11 seasons in the NBA. “It probably couldn’t have come at a better time for him. I probably will hear that for the rest of the summer.
“It’s big for him. That always brings team camaraderie and it also will help him out with his confidence. I’m happy for him.”
The Wolverines trailed, 63-57, with 3:06 left in regulation but LeVert hit two free throws and got a steal and basket to cut it to two. Robinson added two free throws to tie it with 1:55 remaining but Ronnie Johnson (21 points) answered with a lay-in. Stauskas tied it with two free throws with 55.7 seconds left and missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
U-M trailed, 37-24, at halftime, after cutting the deficit to nine with 1:26 left. But A.J. Hammons (11 points) converted a putback and Ronnie Johnson hit a jumper with three seconds left to extend the lead.