Score: Michigan 72, Indiana 66 (OT)
Records: U-M (12-3, 2-1 Big Ten), Illinois (5-9, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 11 -- vs. Iowa (Crisler Arena), 11:30 a.m.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team battled back from a 20-point second-half deficit to force overtime and earn a 72-66 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night (Jan. 7) at Assembly Hall. Sophomore/freshman guard Laval Lucas Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic HS) scored 18 points to lead the Wolverines, including hitting the tying shot with 25 seconds remaining. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) added 17 points and 11 rebounds, while junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) also reached double figures with 14 points.
Seven minutes into the second half, freshman guard Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) buried a trifecta to cut the Indiana lead to 48-38 and then came back with a block on the next defensive possession. Following the block, freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) drained a triple to slash the Hoosiers lead to single digits, 48-41, and force an Indiana timeout.
Fifth-year senior guard C.J. Lee(Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland HS) hit a three-pointer with 4:17 remaining, his second of the game, and Sims got a put-back at 3:28 to cut the Indiana lead to just four, 55-51, and force another timeout by the Hoosiers.
An Indiana basket put the Hoosiers back up six, 57-51, a lead they took to the final media timeout with 1:37 remaining in the contest.
A Harris three with 43 seconds left cut the lead to 59-56 and, following an Indiana turnover, Lucas-Perry knotted the contest with a trifecta with 25 seconds remaining. The Maize and Blue then forced a deep three-point attempt by Indiana that was no good, sending the game into overtime.
Sophomore guard Kevlin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) opened the extra session with a triple, giving the Wolverines a 62-59 lead, one they never relinquished. Lucas-Perry canned a triple to push the U-M lead to six, 65-59, before Indiana got on the board in the extra session. Indiana went just 3-of-9 at the free-throw line in the overtime period, while the Wolverines went 6-of-6 to escape with the victory.
Devan Dumes led Indiana with 17 points, Nick Williams added 14 and Verdell Jones chipped in 13.
In the first half, Indiana took an early 15-8 lead, draining a trio of three-pointers in the opening six minutes of the contest. The Maize and Blue went nearly six minutes scoreless before Harris snapped the drought with a free throw at the 8:20 mark as Indiana led 23-9.
Novak cut the Indiana lead to 11 with a three-pointer at 5:49 before the Hoosiers finished the half on a 14-8 run to take a 39-22 lead into the intermission.
Indiana's Williams led all scorers at the break with 10 points; Lucas-Perry led U-M with seven points in the first 20 minutes. Indiana shot 50 percent (15-of-30) in the opening stanza while holding Michigan to just 25 percent (7-of-28).
The Wolverines will return to the court on Sunday (Jan. 11) when they host Iowa at Crisler Arena. Game time is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. On Sunday, Michigan will also honor the 35th anniversary of the 1973-74 Big Ten Championship team.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423