Hoosiers Down Wolverines, 76-61, to Remain Perfect at Home
Jan. 27, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 23/24 Indiana men's basketball team claimed an early lead and never looked back en route to a 76-61 win over Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers boasted four players in double figures, as junior forward D.J. White and senior guard Roderick Wilmont each netted 15 points, while freshman guard Armon Bassett and junior forward Lance Stemler registered 11. IU improved to 15-5 (5-2 Big Ten), while the Wolverines fell to 16-6 (4-3 Big Ten).
The win improved IU's record at home this season to 11-0, marking the 13th straight victory on Branch McCracken Court dating back to last year. It is the longest home winning streak since the Hoosiers won 56 in a row at Assembly Hall from Feb. 24, 1991 to Jan. 24, 1995.
IU shot 50 percent or better from both the floor (28-for-55) and beyond the arc (10-for-20) in the contest. For the 15th time this season, the Hoosiers outrebounded their opponent, hauling in 35 boards to Michigan's 28 led by White's seven rebounds. Additionally, the win marked the fourth time this season the Hoosiers have led from wire to wire.
Led by back-to-back 3-pointers from Stemler and a trey from Wilmont in the game's first minute, the Hoosiers opened their first home game in three contests with an 11-0 run through the 16:59 mark. Additionally, IU held the Wolverines without a field goal for the game's first four minutes of action.
IU worked to increase its lead using an 7-0 run through the 10:40 mark, as junior guard A.J. Ratliff drained his first three of the afternoon to ignite the scoring spree putting the Hoosiers up, 20-8. With 5:12 remaining in the half, Stemler netted his third 3-point field goal of the night to put IU up 11 (26-15), but Michigan battled back to cut the Hoosiers lead to six (26-20) with just over four minutes on the clock. A big three from Bassett at 3:33 followed by Wilmont's second trey put IU back up by 10, 32-22, with 2:51 left before halftime.
Indiana headed into the locker room with momentum, as Wilmont drained his third 3-pointer of the day from the top of the key with 1:05 on the clock giving IU a 35-26 halftime lead. At the half, Wilmont led all scorers with 11 points, while White and Stemler had nine apiece with White hauling in five rebounds. Indiana shot 43 percent (13-for-30) from the floor and 57 percent (8-for-14) from 3-point range. The Hoosiers forced five U-M first half turnovers.
Indiana came out of the gates on fire in the second half, upping its lead to 20 (49-29) through the first five minutes with four of the five second half starters registering baskets, led by a pair of field goals from Wilmont. The Hoosiers maintained their lead as Ratliff netted his second and third 3-pointers giving IU the 55-37 edge with 11:16 remaining in the contest.
Michigan cut IU's lead down to 10 (57-47) with 6:53 left on the clock. The Hoosiers maintained the advantage thanks to pair of field goals from Bassett, as the Wolverines kept it close from solid shooting from the free-throw line.
Only up eight (64-56) with just over three minutes left in the contest, junior forward Mike White came up big with a layup and one to regain the Hoosiers' 11-point lead (67-56). The Hoosiers went up 70-58, as Mike White blocked a U-M shot setting up senior guard Earl Calloway for a breakaway layup with 2:30 remaining on the clock sealing the victory for Indiana.
IU returns to the hardwood at Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 31 to take on No. 2/3 Wisconsin. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. EST on ESPN Plus and can be heard statewide on the IU Radio Network.
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