After a tough loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes Monday night the Wolverines looked to bounce back Saturday as they hosted the UCLA Bruins — and they did just that. The Wolverines defeated the Bruins in overtime by a final score of 78-69.
Midway through the second half Michigan looked defeated. They were down by 15 points – and couldn’t catch a break.
“We did just about everything we could to lose this game” Michigan Coach Jon Beilein said after the game — and there wouldn’t be a single person in that Michigan locker room that wouldn’t agree with that.
“But I love these guys, they continued to fight refusing to give up”
20-year old Xavier Simpson was a major key to the Wolverines effort to push the game to overtime, and then help his team to come away with the victory.
Xavier Simpson’s lockdown defense played a huge role late in the game – including a key steal in the final moments of regulation to tie the game. Simpson finished the game with 15 points and 2 rebounds.
Moritz “Moe” Wagner led the Wolverines with 23 points, followed by Guard Charles Matthews who finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Michigan improves to 8-3 after Saturday’s victory. Next up the Wolverines will travel to Texas to take on the 6-2 Longhorns Tuesday night.