WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The range of emotions inside Purdue’s locker room spoke volumes.
Kendall Stephens cringed. Ronnie Johnson was heartbroken. Terone Johnson acknowledged he was humbled. And that celebration they all expected after playing this hard Wednesday night was postponed thanks to the son of a former Purdue player.
Glenn Robinson III caught an across-the court lob pass in the right corner, spun away from a defender and then watched a short bank shot roll in to give No. 16 Michigan a 77-76 overtime victory on the same court his father once called home.
“I thought we had the game in our hands,” Terone Johnson said after scoring a season-high 22 points. “They just made one more play than us at the end.”
For the Boilermakers (15-13 overall, 5-10 Big Ten), it was an excruciating blow. They have lost three straight and remain the only team in the conference without a win over a Top 25 team this season, though they seemed to be on the verge of one when Stephens went to the free throw line for a 1-and-1 with a 76-75 lead and 12.2 seconds left. But the ball clanked off the front of the rim, the Boilermakers’ only missed free throw all night.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” Ronnie Johnson said, referring to the loss, not Stephens’ missed free throw. “Everyone came out and fought. We did our job most of the game.”
Purdue seemingly did enough.
Ronnie Johnson had 21 points and seven assists on a night all five Purdue starters scored in double figures. Their usually maligned defense held Big Ten-leading Michigan (20-7, 12-3) to less than 30 percent shooting in the first half. And after breaking to a 10-point lead, which got as big as 19 in the first half, the Boilermakers never trailed in regulation and only allowed Michigan to tie the score twice, both times coming in the final 2 minutes.
But Robinson delivered the final basket on a bittersweet night for his family.
Gelen Robinson, a soon-to-be Purdue football player, was in the crowd, cheering for his older brother. So was Glenn’s father, the former Boilermakers star and No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, who celebrated with his son in the semi-private Mackey Arena tunnel as he watched his favorite fans leave in stunned silence.
The younger Robinson proved he could be every bit as good as his father over the final 25 minutes.
He made six of his last eight shots and scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and overtime.
Bowling Green 73,
Kent State 66
BOWLING GREEN — Jehvon Clarke scored 21 points, including four game-clinching free throws, as Bowling Green State University held off a late Kent State charge to win 73-66 Wednesday night at the Stroh Center.
J.D. Tisdale’s dunk put Bowling Green ahead 64-52 with 2:04 left, but the Falcons went cold from the line, making 9 of 14.
Derek Jackson’s basket got Kent State within 69-66 with 30 seconds left. Clarke then made four straight free throws to seal it.
Richaun Holmes added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Bowling Green (12-16 overall, 6-9 Mid-American Conference), while Spencer Parker had 12, 10 coming from the free throw line.
Kris Brewer had 14 points for Kent State (15-13, 6-9) and Devareaux Manley had 11.
The Golden Flashes were held to 34.9 percent shooting and were outrebounded 44-31.
Kent State won the previous matchup two weeks ago when Manley hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.9 remaining for a 62-61 victory.
N Illinois 74,
DEKALB, Ill. — Travon Baker scored 17 points and Jordan Threloff added 13 to lead Northern Illinois to a 74-66 victory over Toledo Wednesday night.
Down 32-31 at the break, Aaron Armstead’s four points capped a 15-5 run to open the second half and give Northern Illinois a 46-37 lead with 13:01 to play. Rian Pearson scored to pull Toledo within one, 54-53 with 6:19 remaining. The Huskies answered with an 8-3 run, then went 12 of 16 from the line to seal it.
Baker shot just 3 of 10 from the field but was 9 of 10 from the line. Threloff made 3 of 7 shots from the floor and was 7 of 8 from the line. Aksel Bolin added 11 points for Northern Illinois (13-14, 7-8 Mid-American).
Pearson scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting to led Toledo (23-5, 11-4), which falls one back of Western Michigan atop the East Division.
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