Indiana Falls to Michigan, 69-45
Jan. 14, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--Junior Manny Harris had 21 points, 17 in the second half, and senior DeShawn Sims added 20 as Michigan broke open a close game late to defeat Indiana, 69-45, Thursday night in Crisler Arena.
"They have two future NBA players and we don't have the ability or the maturity in our lineup yet to just bear down and get stops," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "That's why we have to rely on our team defense."
The Hoosiers battled throughout the game as both teams defenses limited each other on offense. Michigan led 27-21 at halftime and the Hoosiers cut the lead to 33-29 with 15:06 to go on a layup by freshman Jordan Hulls.
Harris got his first field goal with just over 11 minutes left and went on to make seven of his final nine shots. Despite that, IU cut it to 48-43 with 6:32 left on a pair of free throws by junior Jeremiah Rivers.
From that point, the Wolverines went on to outscore IU, 21-2.
Freshman Christian Watford led the Hoosiers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Junior Verdell Jones III had seven points and 10 rebounds, tying his career high. Rivers and sophomore Tom Pritchard also had six points.
The Hoosiers will host Minnesota at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday.
"There's no question, we had a lot more fight tonight and a lot more intensity, added Crean. "We really had some moments tonight when we played very good team basketball. Unfortunately the last five or six minutes got us, in the sense of not good enough individual or team defense."
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