Jan. 15, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 69, Indiana 45
Records: U-M (9-7, 3-2), Indiana (7-9, 1-3)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 17 -- vs. Connecticut (Crisler Arena), 1:30 p.m. (TV: CBS)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A strong defensive effort gave the University of Michigan men's basketball team (9-7, 3-2) a 69-45 victory over Indiana on Thursday night (Jan. 14) at Crisler Arena. For the fourth time this season, the "Motor City Duo" of junior Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) and senior DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) each had at least 20 points in leading Michigan to a Big Ten win, avenging an earlier loss two weeks ago on New Year's Eve at Indiana.
Leading 27-21 at halftime, the Wolverines used 17 second-half points from Harris to pull away from the Hoosiers to the tune of a 42-24 scoring advantage in the second frame.
A put-back layup by sophomore Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) capped a 7-2 Wolverine spurt that gave Michigan a 17-9 lead with 8:06 to play in the first. The lockdown Wolverine defense held the Hoosiers without a field goal during the five-minute run and forced Indiana into only 32 percent (9-of-28 FG) shooting in the half. Michigan led 27-21 at the break, but the first half was marred by sloppy play from both teams, as the two squads combined for 21 turnovers.
Michigan overcame its sluggish play by converting 11-of-13 from the charity stripe in the first half. Sims led U-M with 12 points as Harris, the team's leading scorer, was held without a field goal and just four points (4-of-4 FT).
U-M closed the game on a 21-2 run in the final six minutes against a worn down Indiana team that finished just 1-for-15 (7 percent) from downtown. Harris came alive in the second half, scoring 17 of U-M's 23 points during a nine-minute stretch as the Wolverines built a double-digit lead. Meanwhile, the Wolverine defense continued to harass the Hoosiers, who committed 19 turnovers in the game.
The Wolverines never allowed Indiana to get going offensively but found their stroke in the second half. Michigan shot 56 percent (17-of-30 FG) from the floor and held the advantage on the glass, 36-29.
Sims finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Harris grabbed six boards to go along with his 21 points. Freshman Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) once again provided a spark off the bench, contributing with four points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 32 minutes of floor time.
Christian Watford led Indiana with 16 points. He was the only Hoosier to score in double figures.
The Wolverines will look to get a win against a ranked opponent when they host the No. 15-ranked Connecticut Huskies this Sunday (Jan. 17) at 1:30 p.m. inside Crisler Arena. The game will be broadcast to a national audience on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423