Indiana Edged Out By Michigan, 73-69
Feb. 12, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Despite mounting a huge comeback in the second half, the Indiana men's basketball team fell short at Michigan, 73-69.
Four Hoosiers reached double-digit points led by Christian Watford with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. Victor Oladipo scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added six rebounds, two steals and an assist. Verdell Jones III added 12 points and Jordan Hulls scored 10 points. Tom Pritchard led IU on the boards with seven rebounds, to go along with four points, two blocked shots and an assist.
"This is one of the hardest playing teams that I've ever coached, but this is not a team that has any opportunity to back away from having a combative mindset when they practice - a combative temperament," said IU head coach Tom Crean. "It's more than competitive, and when we've done that and taken it into games, we've done very well. What you saw in the comeback was a combative team. We got calls and we were aggressive."
The Hoosiers (12-14, 3-10) opened the game with a dunk from Oladipo, but the Wolverines (16-10, 6-7) went on a 9-0 run to take a 9-2 lead with 16:25 to go in the first half. Another dunk from Oladipo ended the Michigan run, but the Wolverines outscored IU, 14-7, to take a 23-11 lead with 9:25 on the clock. Michigan maintained at least an eight-point lead for the remainder of the half, taking the 32-24 edge into the break.
The Wolverines came out in the second half outscoring the Hoosiers, 34-20, in the first 14 minutes. However, Indiana wasn't going away as a layup from Will Sheehey sparked a 23-3 run where IU forced Michigan into committing five turnovers to cut the lead to just three, 70-67, with 27 seconds to play. The Wolverines made 3-of-4 free throws in the closing seconds to increase their advantage to six, 73-67. Oladipo put in a layup with just one second on the clock, but it wasn't enough as Michigan came away with the 73-69 win.
Indiana outrebounded Michigan, 34-28, and shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from the field in the second half.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 19, when they play host to Northwestern at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall on the Big Ten Network.
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