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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Michigan wins behind Rumeal Robinson
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 3, 1989

Seton Hall is up by a point and time is running out in overtime for Michigan in the NCAA final. Rumeal Robinson is driving when referee John Clougherty calls a controversial blocking foul in the lane against Seton Hall's Gerald Greene with three seconds left.

Earlier in the season against Wisconsin, Robinson was in a similar position. But he missed two free throws with seven seconds left and Michigan lost. Tonight, Robinson, a 64 percent foul shooter, already has made 7-of-8 foul shots. Now, with a more significant game on the line, he sinks both freebies to give Michigan an 80-79 victory in Seattle's Kingdome.

This is Michigan's only NCAA championship and its coach is Steve Fisher, who had been promoted from an assistant just a couple of days before the tournament. Bill Frieder had accepted Arizona State's offer to become head coach.

It looks as if 10th-ranked Michigan will roll to an easy title when it leads by 12 points in the second half, but Seton Hall rallies behind John Morton, who scores 25 of his game-high 35 points after intermission. His three-pointer with 25 seconds left in the second half sends the game into overtime.

Michigan's Glen Rice, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, scores 31 points to finish with 184, a tournament record.

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