The 24th-ranked Wolverines raised their 2014 Big Ten championship banner before the game, celebrating another season of accomplishment before beating Division II Hillsdale.
Detroit’s starting backcourt struggled, as Jennings and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were a combined 7 of 27, with Caldwell-Pope missing 10 of his 11 shots.
Jennings made a tiebreaking 3-pointer to give Detroit an 87-84 lead with 2:32 left in overtime. He added another 3 while falling to the ground, increasing the Pistons’ advantage to 92-84.
Detroit, which lost for the third straight time and fell to 2-6, took a 13-point first quarter lead, thanks to Brandon Jennings, who scored 16 of his game-high 32 points in the quarter.
Jennings had begun to develop sort of a signature move now in the NBA — the fake behind-the-back pass, as he has made more than one defender look silly on that play.
It just seems odd for a person who tells tales about growing up without much except sports — including football — to not allow his own sons to play.
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Hatch stepped to the free throw line late in the game as the crowd quietly awaited his attempts. He missed the first, to a collective groan. But sent the second one down with ease, bringing the U-M faithful to their feet for a thunderous applause.
Josh Smith went 5-14 from the floor two days after a 2-17 game, but had a key put back to give the Pistons a 97-93 lead with 15.1 seconds to play.
Michigan State University has received a $3 million donation to support its men’s basketball program and defensive coordinator endowment.
Johnson scored 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to close out the Pistons, who shot just 1-for-17 from the 3-point line in their first game at The Palace of Auburn Hills this season.