Feb. 1, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Despite coming back from a 20-point deficit in the first half and cutting the lead to just two, the No. 20/20 Indiana men's basketball team fell at No. 22/23 Michigan, 68-56.
Junior Jordan Hulls led the Hoosiers (17-6, 5-6) with 18 points, making 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3, to a long with five assists. Freshman Cody Zeller recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds. Junior Derek Elston came off the bench and knocked in nine points.
"Our mindset, our focus, our preparation, our discipline in the preparation was excellent, but we got out there and we gave up too much room, we overhelped," said head coach Tom Crean. "Some of our turnovers were completely uncharacteristic for us. I don't think, as coaches, anyone panicked because we really felt like we were going to come back and we did. That's not a disrespect to Michigan at all, we just felt like we were going to come back, but we just can't be in situations like that where we're playing with that deer in a headlight look. It's just too hard in this league to come all the way back and we were close, very close, within two or three. I'm more disappointed in our start than anything else."
Indiana struggled to find its shot in the first half as the Wolverines (17-6, 7-3) jumped out to a 28-8 lead with 7:12 on the clock. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Hulls sparked a 14-5 IU run that brought the Hoosiers within 11, 33-22, at the break.
The Hoosiers opened the second half on a 14-3 run, ignited by a layup from freshman Remy Abell at the 19:39 mark, which brought Indiana back within two, 38-36, with 12:53 to go in the game. Michigan answered and regained a nine-point lead, 47-38, with 9:14 to go. A three-point play from Elston opened another IU run, 12-5, to bring the Hoosiers within two for a second time, 52-50, with 3:20 remaining in the game. However, the Wolverines sealed the 68-56 win with two key 3-pointers and trips to the free throw line.
Indiana shot 44.7 percent (21-of-47) from the field and 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from 3. The Hoosiers won the battle on the boards, 30-24, and outscored Michigan's bench, 19-7.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo tallied six points, six rebounds and one assist off the bench, and Abell added four points in the effort.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4 to take on rival Purdue at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday's game will air on the Big Ten Network and the IU Radio Network.