Jan. 6, 2012
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
Score: #12 Indiana 73, #16 Michigan 71
Records: U-M (12-3, 2-1 Big Ten), Indiana (14-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 8 -- vs. Wisconsin (Crisler Center), 1:30 p.m. (TV: CBS)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 16 AP/No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) rallied from a 10-point deficit with seven minutes to play in the second half to tie the game at 68-all but could not take the lead from Indiana (No. 12 AP/No. 12 ESPN/USA Today) and fell, 73-71, Thursday night (Jan. 5) at Assembly Hall.
Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) finished with a team-high 19 points, while redshirt sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Also contributing in double-digit scoring were senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) with 11 points and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) with 10 points, in addition to a career-high seven rebounds.
After an Indiana three-point field goal with 7:19 to play in the game pushed the Michigan deficit to 10, U-M was forced to call a 30-second timeout. Out of the break, Hardaway impressed with an emphatic, one-handed slam, getting fouled in the process. Hardaway sunk the free throw and cut the Indiana lead to 65-58.
Then, at the 5:39 mark, Douglass stole the ball from the Hoosiers and fed Burke for a fastbreak layup, sparking a 7-0 Michigan run that tied the game at 68-all with three minutes left. However, the Wolverines came up empty on their next three possessions and Indiana pushed its lead back to four with 23 seconds to go.
With three seconds left on the game clock, Douglass knocked down a deep three-pointer to bring U-M within one. After an Indiana free throw on the other end, however, Michigan could not get its last-second shot to fall.
Michigan shot 3-of-10 (30 percent) from the floor in the first eight minutes of the game, and Indiana capitalized, jumping out ahead 17-6 at the 12:02 mark.
An Indiana three-pointer with five minutes to play in the first half gave the Hoosiers their largest lead of the game, 33-18, forcing Michigan to call a 30-second timeout. Out of the break, the Wolverines used on a 14-6 run, aided by three-point plays from Hardaway, junior forward Blake McLimans (Hamburg, N.Y./Worcester Academy [Mass.]) and Douglass, to cut their deficit to 39-32 at the half.
After shooting 30 percent from the floor to start the game, U-M improved to 43 percent (12-of-28) from the floor and 46 percent (5-of-11) from behind the arc for the first half. Michigan went 10-for-24 overall from downtown in the contest.
The Wolverines will return to Ann Arbor on Sunday (Jan. 8) when they host No. 18-ranked Wisconsin inside the Crisler Center. Tipoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423