Wolverines' Second-Half Comeback Stalls in Loss at Indiana
Jon Horford

Feb. 2, 2014

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Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
Score: Indiana 63, #10 Michigan 52
Records: U-M (16-5, 8-1 Big Ten), Indiana (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Feb. 5 -- vs. Wisconsin (Crisler Center), 6:30 p.m. (TV: BTN)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 14 ESPN/USA Today) fell, 63-52, to Indiana on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2) inside Assembly Hall. The loss snapped U-M's ten-game win streak and marked the first conference loss of the season for the Wolverines.

U-M had only two double-digit scorers in freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) and sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central), who scored 13 and 12, respectively. Graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) led the team with 10 rebounds, while sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) was limited to six points on 1-of-6 shooting.

The Wolverines started the game making only one of their first nine field goal attempts. After falling behind 7-10, they scored six straight points in a two-minute stretch to take the lead. A steal by sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) led to a fast-break dunk by LeVert, then freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) made consecutive baskets to put Michigan up, 13-10, with 10:10 remaining before halftime.

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The Hoosiers reclaimed the lead when a 7-0 run gave them a 20-16 advantage with 6:39 left in the half, but back-to-back Michigan layups by sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and Stauskas tied the game at 22 four minutes later. IU's Yogi Ferrell made the final shot of the first half when he connected from long distance, giving Indiana a 25-22 lead going into the break. Ferrell had 12 points after going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Indiana maintained its lead in the first few minutes of the second half, but U-M tied the game at 29 with a Walton three at 16:41. In the next 5:25, however, the Hoosiers went on an 11-4 run to go ahead 40-33. Ferrell scored seven points in that time, including a three that capped off the run and forced U-M to call timeout with 11:16 left.

Michigan came within four points of the lead after a layup by Morgan made the score 45-41, but Indiana countered with four straight points to gain an eight-point advantage and forced coach John Beilein to use another timeout with 7:41 remaining in the contest.

U-M again came within four points with about four minutes left in the game when LeVert drove to the basket and had his layup attempt goaltended. Stauskas then knocked down two free throws to make the score 53-49. Indiana repeatedly fended off the Wolverines in the last four minutes, holding at least a four-point lead for the duration of the game.

The Hoosiers went 23-of-43 (54 percent) from the field, and shot a deadly 8-of-13 (62 percent) from three. Michigan went 18-of-45 (40 percent) on field goals and 3-of-13 (23 percent) on three-pointers. Ferrell went 7-of-8 from downtown en route to his game-high 27 points. Noah Vonleh posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Maize and Blue looks to bounce back against Nebraska this Wednesday (Feb. 5) at Crisler Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be available on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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