BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team suffered its first Big Ten Conference loss of the season, falling to Indiana 62-53 Wednesday night (Jan. 19) in front of 17,236 fans at Assembly Hall. Despite committing 20 turnovers, the Wolverines (12-6, 3-1 Big Ten) narrowed a 10-point deficit to just three points with under 2:42 to play, but the Hoosiers (8-7, 3-1 Big Ten) ended the game on an 8-2 run to send U-M to its first loss in seven games.
Harris accounted for half of the Wolverines' six steals.
Sophomore Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS)
returned from injury to lead the Wolverines with a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds. Junior Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS)
and sophomore Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS)
finished with 11 points apiece, while junior Graham Brown (Mio, Mich./Mio-AuSable HS)
collected a career-high 11 rebounds and eight points. Bracey Wright and D.J White each scored a game-high 16 points for Indiana.
Neither team was able to grab a substantial lead in the early going, as the Hoosiers held on to just a 13-11 advantage after the first seven minutes of play. The Wolverines immediately went to work down low to start the game, with sophomore Courtney Sims (Roslindale, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) accounting for six of U-M's first 11 points. Indiana generated a majority of its early offense from the perimeter, scoring nine of its first 13 points from three-point range.
Petway came off the bench and scored a quick hoop to tie things up at 13-13, only to be answered by another Hoosier three-point basket. Horton's first points from the free throw line cut the IU lead to 16-15, but Michigan went on to commit seven straight turnovers over a span of four minutes, allowing Indiana to jump out to a 22-15 lead with 7:24 remaining in the first half.
A Horton steal and lay-in off an inbounds pass broke a six-minute scoring drought and was the start of 15-3 U-M scoring run over the next five minutes. The offensive surge was highlighted by a Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) triple as the shot clock was winding down, followed by a monster two-handed jam on the break by Petway. A last-second layup from Roderick Wilmot gave the Hoosiers just their second basket in more than seven minutes and cut the Michigan lead to 30-27 heading into halftime.
The Wolverines were once again plagued by turnovers in the early stages of the second half, committing four straight miscues on offense which turned into eight straight Hoosier points and a 35-30 Indiana lead with 16:51 left. A pair of put-back buckets by Brown and Petway gave Michigan its first points in four minutes and trimmed the IU lead down to just one. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers could only manage three points from the line over a six-minute span to keep U-M in contention.
A much-needed triple from Harris cut the Indiana lead to 38-37. However, the Wolverines were held to just four free throws over the next seven minutes of action, allowing the Hoosiers to increase their lead to 49-41 with 5:42 left on the clock.
An alley-oop dunk by Petway off an inbounds pass gave Michigan its first field goal since 12:11 and trimmed the deficit to eight points, and Harris drained another big triple a minute later to bring U-M within five points, 53-48, with 3:54 to play.
Trailing 54-48, Brown drew a crucial charge inside, which resulted in a three-point play by Horton on the other end to cut the lead to 54-51 with 2:42 on the clock. Indiana responded with back-to-back field goals to push the lead to seven, and time eventually became a factor for the Wolverines. U-M drew as close as five points after a put-back hoop by Brown with 53 seconds left, but Indiana sealed the game from the free throw line.
The Wolverines will look to get back on a winning track when they host Wisconsin (No. 24 AP, No. 23 ESPN/USA Today) this Saturday (Jan. 22) at Crisler Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:17 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN-Regional.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423