Recap: Michigan vs. Illinois

Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jim Harbaugh gave an impassioned halftime speech and the Michigan Wolverines responded with a 73-65 overtime win over Illinois.

 

Harbaugh fired up the Crisler Center crowd hours after being introduced as Michigan's next head football coach, and the Wolverines, after trailing for most of the game, rallied behind a rarely-used freshman.

 

Aubrey Dawkins, the son of former Duke great Johnny Dawkins, drilled six 3- pointers and finished with 20 points as Michigan (8-5, 1-0 Big Ten) pulled out a win in its Big Ten opener.

 

Caris LeVert netted 19 points while Zak Irvin and Ricky Doyle each added 13 behind Dawkins, who had totaled 15 points over the first 12 games of his career.

 

Malcolm Hill paced Illinois (10-4, 0-1) with 19 points, but the Fighting Illini turned it over 12 times and had their three-game winning streak snapped.

 

Leron Black's three-point play in the closing seconds of the first half sent the Illini into the break with a 32-26 lead.

 

The margin climbed to 13 near the midway point of the second half before four Michigan 3-pointers -- two from Dawkins and two from Irvin -- cut the deficit to 52-47 with under eight minutes to go.

 

Consecutive layups by Doyle off backdoor passes by LeVert gave the Wolverines their first lead since it was a 9-8 game, and the lead changed hands three more times over the final two minutes of regulation.

 

Doyle went 1-of-2 from the foul line with 30.1 seconds left to tie things at 59-59, and Illinois' Rayvonte Rice airballed a contested 18-footer just before the buzzer.

 

Irvin broke a 61-61 tie with a 3-pointer, Dawkins made his sixth from long range a short time later, and the Wolverines held on from there.

 

 

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