Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Michigan Basketball: Jordan Poole channels Trey Burke to beat Houston

Michigan Basketball: Jordan Poole channels Trey Burke to beat Houston

Freshman Jordan Poole hit a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to give third-seeded MI a 64-63 win over sixth-seeded Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's West Region on Saturday night in Wichita, Kan.

Poole hit a near identical buzzer-beater in high school. MI did not enter the bonus until six minutes remained in the half, and Houston only had eight fouls at that point.

MI will play the victor of Sunday's North Carolina vs. Texas A&M game in Los Angeles on Thursday.

If Michigan makes more noise in the NCAA Tournament, Poole's shot will be compared to the Trey Burke triple against Kansas in the 2013 Sweet 16.

The ending was deserving of a game that saw 12 ties and 17 lead changes.

MI as a team shot 8-of-30 from behind the arc on the night. MI trailed 63-61 in the final minute, and that could have been even a wider lead if the Cougars had hit some foul shots.

MI air-balled three 3-pointers in four possessions spanning the break. The shot counted and Teske was awarded two free throws.

Armoni Brooks answered with a 3-pointer, and Davis converted a three-point play after fouling Duncan Robinson out with 2:06 left, giving the Cougars a 60-59 lead.

Houston showed remarkable poise down the stretch, led by a pair of seniors and three juniors in its starting lineup. "A freshman has won it for the Wolverines!"

Houston had a chance to clinch victory with 3.9 seconds remaining, but Devin Davis missed two free throws that would have given the Cougars a four-point lead.

Abdur-Rahkman wound up 4 of 15 from the floor and 0 of 6 from 3-point range.

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