January 11, 2004
Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Indiana Hoosiers bounced back from its loss at Wisconsin to hold on late and defeat the Michigan Wolverines 59-57, and capture its first Big Ten victory of the season. This marks the fifth-straight victory against Michigan for the Hoosiers as Indiana improves to 7-6 overall, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Michigan falls to 10-3, 1-1. This also marks the Hoosiers first Big Ten road victory since Feb. 19, 2003 when Indiana defeated Iowa, 79-63.
Michigan jumped out to an early five-point lead, 6-1, before the Hoosiers went on a 9-0 run beginning at the 16-minute mark to jump ahead 10-6. The Hoosiers never trailed from that point on, taking a 10-point lead, 29-19, going into the half. The Hoosiers shot 34.4 percent from the field in the first half and including a 6-for-14 effort from the three-point line.
In the second stanza, Indiana jumped out to its biggest lead of the game just over five minutes in the second half taking a 16-point advantage, 41-25. Michigan came back to answer on a 25-14 run the last eight minutes of the game.
As the game reached the three-minute mark, sophomore Sean Kline came up big, hitting a turn-around hook shot in the paint to give the Hoosiers a seven-point advantage, 57-50. Kline then added another jumper on a junior Donald Perry rebound after a missed Daniel Horton three-pointer to put the Hoosiers up by nine. The Wolverines then began a quick comeback as Lester Abram scored five points in just 25 seconds to bring Michigan within four, 55-59. Just inside the one-minute mark Horton added another Michigan basket to reduce Indiana's lead to two. Indiana was able to defend three more Michigan possessions and captured the 59-57 win.
Sophomore Marshall Strickland was the leading scorer for the Hoosiers with 14, going 4-7 from the three-point line. Strickland also added five assists and five rebounds for the Hoosiers.
Senior center George Leach made his return to the Hoosier starting line-up contributing six points, three rebounds and four blocks. Leach had been sidelined since Nov. 29 with a left knee injury.
Sophomore Bracey Wright was held scoreless in the first half but was able to grab seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action. Wright finally got on the board just over three minutes into the second half and finished the game with 11 points, three assists and nine rebounds.
Indiana was able to out-rebound Michigan 37-35, marking the first game since the Morehead State game (Dec. 23) that the Hoosiers have been able to out-rebound their opponent. Indiana also shot 54.2 percent from the field the second half, marking the first time since the North Texas game the Hoosiers have shot better than 50 percent from the field and just the seventh time this season the Hoosiers have shot higher than 50-percent in half.
Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Saturday, Jan. 17, when it opens home Big Ten action against the Northwestern Wildcats. Game time is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN Plus Regional. The match up can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Todd Leary (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.