The son of one of the greatest players in Purdue history bested his father's alma mater on Wednesday night.
With Big Ten leader Michigan trailing Purdue by one and only 2.9 seconds left in overtime, Wolverines coach John Beilein drew up an inbound play to have Glenn Robinson III curl around a back screen and break free at the rim on the backside of play. The inbound pass from Caris LeVert was a tad late and well overthrown, but Robinson managed to corral it, drive baseline and bank in difficult shot to give the Wolverines a 77-76 overtime victory.
Of course facing floundering Purdue figured to be a game Michigan should win, but the Wolverines appeared to suffer a first-half letdown on the heels of their emotional win over Michigan State a few days earlier. The Boilermakers led 27-8 after almost 13 minutes and still led by 13 at halftime.
There was no game-changing second-half surge from Michigan. The Wolverines instead gradually rallied, forging their first tie with less than two minutes remaining and taking their first lead in overtime.
With Nik Stauskas and LeVert a combined 9 of 30 from the field, it was Robinson who stepped up to deliver an efficient 17 points and 8 rebounds. That was surely encouraging for Wolverines fans who have watched Robinson average nearly 13 points per game this season but also struggle to create his own shot and often fade in big games.
If Robinson can provide consistent perimeter scoring, that adds another weapon to Michigan's potent perimeter arsenal.
At best, Wednesday's shot could represent a big step forward for Robinson. At worst, it's bragging rights over his dad's alma mater and a memory he'll probably cherish forever.
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