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Wolverines overcome 15-point deficit, beat UCLA 78-69 in OT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) John Beilein has coached a lot of college basketball, but not even he could figure out how his Michigan Wolverines were able to beat UCLA on Saturday.

Moritz Wagner scored 23 points and Charles Matthews added 20, helping Michigan overcome a 15-point second-half deficit to shock the Bruins 78-69 in overtime.

The Wolverines (8-3) won despite a dreadful shooting performance from the free-throw line.

''I've never seen anything like this,'' Beilein said. ''We go 8-for-22 from the foul line and win a game. We did everything we could to play inefficient basketball.''

Coming off Monday's 71-62 loss at Ohio State, after letting a big lead slip away against the Buckeyes, Michigan flipped the script on UCLA.

''When we really needed to suck it up, we got it done,'' Beilein said. ''I'm hoping it's a huge benchmark for our team as we go forward.''

The Wolverines battled back Saturday after falling behind 46-31 in the second half, getting within 64-63 when Zavier Simpson stole Aaron Holiday's pass and made a layup with 18 seconds left in regulation.

''I'm always active on defense,'' said Simpson, who finished with 15 points and four steals. ''I knew his passes were getting lazy. I used my wing span, got a deflection and put us in a better position.''

Following G.G. Goloman's free throw for UCLA, Eli Brooks was fouled on a drive and hit both free throws to tie the game at 65 with 10 seconds left. The Bruins (7-2) had a final chance in regulation, but Prince Ali missed a long jumper at the buzzer.

Michigan began overtime with consecutive 3-pointers from Simpson and Matthews to gain momentum. Matthews' jumper pushed the lead to 75-67 with 2:11 left.

Holiday finished with 27 points and seven assists for the Bruins, who had their four-game win streak snapped. Thomas Welsh added 22 points and 10 rebounds.

''Give them credit,'' UCLA coach Steve Alford said. ''They made a huge run when they were down 15 and a lot of credit goes to how hard and smart their guys played.''

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: After their home game on Wednesday against Montana was canceled because of area wildfires, the Bruins lost a tough one to Michigan. Now, UCLA has another layoff before hosting Cincinnati on Dec. 16. The Bruins' only other setback came Nov. 20 against Creighton.

Michigan: Coming off the Ohio State loss, the Wolverines picked up a potential season-changing win against the Bruins. Michigan has another challenging game ahead at Texas on Tuesday, before facing Detroit Mercy, Alabama A&M and Jacksonville.

''It's a long season, you have to learn from those games,'' Matthews said of the Ohio State defeat. ''At the same time, you have to have a short memory. I told my teammates, `Lets stay together and worry about the next game at hand.'''

TROUBLE AT THE LINE

Matthews and Wagner combined to shoot 2 of 13 from the charity stripe. Matthews was 2 of 10.

''In practice, it's been really good,'' Beilein said of Matthews' free-throw shooting. ''He has to get used to being in those situations. He's been average, maybe a slight below average, but he hasn't been poor like that going in.''

UP NEXT

UCLA: Hosts Cincinnati on Dec. 16.

Michigan: At Texas on Tuesday.

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Key Players
A. Holiday
3 G
M. Abdur-Rahkman
12 G
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
9.8 Pts. Per Game 9.8
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
46.5 Field Goal % 37.4
31.9 Three Point % 32.7
77.6 Free Throw % 100.0
  Defensive rebound by Charles Matthews 17.0
  Jaylen Hands missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
  Bad pass turnover on Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, stolen by Aaron Holiday 27.0
  Defensive rebound by Charles Matthews 37.0
  Jaylen Hands missed 3-pt. jump shot 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Gyorgy Goloman 52.0
  Zavier Simpson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 52.0
+ 1 Zavier Simpson made 1st of 2 free throws 52.0
  Personal foul on Aaron Holiday 52.0
  Lost ball turnover on Aaron Holiday, stolen by Charles Matthews 1:02
+ 2 Zavier Simpson made layup, assist by Charles Matthews 1:17
Team Stats
Points 69 78
Field Goals 25-57 (43.9%) 30-64 (46.9%)
3-Pointers 4-18 (22.2%) 10-29 (34.5%)
Free Throws 15-21 (71.4%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Total Rebounds 41 30
Offensive 7 5
Defensive 32 22
Team 2 3
Assists 13 15
Steals 2 12
Blocks 3 0
Turnovers 20 11
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST
23 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
12OTT
away team logo UCLA 7-2 3035469
home team logo Michigan 8-3 27381378
Team Stats
away team logo UCLA 7-2 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Michigan 8-3 69.6 PPG 37.9 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
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A. Holiday G PPG RPG APG FG%
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M. Wagner F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Holiday G 27 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
M. Wagner F 23 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
43.9 FG% 46.9
22.2 3PT FG% 34.5
71.4 FT% 36.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 27 4 7 9/17 2/5 7/8 3 43 1 0 7 0 4
T. Welsh 22 10 1 8/12 2/2 4/4 1 40 0 2 2 2 8
G. Goloman 7 4 3 3/5 0/1 1/3 4 30 0 0 0 0 4
K. Wilkes 6 3 1 3/5 0/2 0/1 3 31 0 0 1 0 3
P. Ali 3 5 0 1/5 0/1 1/2 2 27 1 0 4 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 27 4 7 9/17 2/5 7/8 3 43 1 0 7 0 4
T. Welsh 22 10 1 8/12 2/2 4/4 1 40 0 2 2 2 8
G. Goloman 7 4 3 3/5 0/1 1/3 4 30 0 0 0 0 4
K. Wilkes 6 3 1 3/5 0/2 0/1 3 31 0 0 1 0 3
P. Ali 3 5 0 1/5 0/1 1/2 2 27 1 0 4 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hands 4 5 1 1/6 0/3 2/3 2 26 0 1 3 1 4
A. Wulff 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Olesinski 0 2 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 3 11 0 0 2 0 2
C. Smith 0 6 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 16 0 0 1 2 4
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Riley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 39 13 25/57 4/18 15/21 19 225 2 3 20 7 32
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wagner 23 3 2 10/16 3/5 0/3 4 35 2 0 0 1 2
C. Matthews 20 8 3 8/11 2/3 2/10 3 31 1 0 4 1 7
M. Abdur-Rahkman 8 2 3 2/10 2/6 2/2 1 44 0 0 2 0 2
E. Brooks 7 0 3 2/5 1/3 2/2 2 21 1 0 1 0 0
D. Robinson 2 2 2 1/7 0/5 0/0 3 34 4 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wagner 23 3 2 10/16 3/5 0/3 4 35 2 0 0 1 2
C. Matthews 20 8 3 8/11 2/3 2/10 3 31 1 0 4 1 7
M. Abdur-Rahkman 8 2 3 2/10 2/6 2/2 1 44 0 0 2 0 2
E. Brooks 7 0 3 2/5 1/3 2/2 2 21 1 0 1 0 0
D. Robinson 2 2 2 1/7 0/5 0/0 3 34 4 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Simpson 15 2 0 6/9 2/2 1/2 1 24 4 0 2 0 2
J. Teske 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 2 0
J. Poole 1 1 0 0/3 0/3 1/2 0 11 0 0 1 0 1
J. Simmons 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
I. Livers 0 7 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 11 0 0 0 1 6
B. Hibbitts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Watson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Ozeir - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Baird - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 27 15 30/64 10/29 8/22 18 225 12 0 11 5 22