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Michigan Loses at Northwestern on Heartbreaking Hail Mary Buzzer-Beater


NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Northwestern David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan basketball lost at the final buzzer on Wednesday night at Northwestern by a score of 67-65 on a Hail Mary pass that resulted in a layup.

It was a back and forth affair throughout the entire contest, but the magic went the way of the home team, who inched another step closer to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

With 1.7 seconds left with the game tied at 65, Dererk Pardon was on the receiving end of a full court pass from Nathan Taphorn and was able to get behind the Michigan defense to hit the game-winner, which resulted in the Welsh-Ryan Arena crowd storming the court.

Derrick Walton Jr. led the Wolverines with 15 points and six assists, while Zak Irvin added 12 on an efficient night shooting, despite the fact he took a quick shot on their final possession.

The loss drops Michigan to 19-11 on the season and 9-8 in conference play. The regular season finale takes place on Sunday against a struggling Nebraska team as the Wolverines attempt to keep padding their tournament resume.