ANN ARBOR, Mich.
-- The University of Michigan men's basketball team could not find an answer for a hot-shooting Indiana team on Sunday (Feb. 17) at Crisler Arena, losing 75-55 after converting only 18 of 48 shots (.375) from the field. With the loss, Michigan (10-14, 5-8 Big Ten) dropped its third straight contest and fourth in five games.
Michigan's Chris Young (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central HS) scored eight of his game-high 18 points from the free throw line, while Leon Jones (Battle Creek, Mich./Winchendon Prep [Mass.]) was the Wolverines' only outside threat, scoring 10 points on three treys and a free throw. Indiana (No. 22 AP, No. 24 USA Today/ESPN) was paced by 17 points apiece from Kyle Hornsby, Jarrad Odle and Jeff Newton.
The league-leading Hoosiers (17-8, 9-3 Big Ten) capitalized on a cold start by LaVell Blanchard (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS), who scored his first points on his seventh attempt with 8:45 left in the first half to break a nearly seven-minute-long Michigan scoring drought in which Indiana took control of the lead, 21-12. Indiana's run was highlighted by Jared Jeffries' block of a Blanchard layup and back-to-back threes from Hornsby and Dane Fife.
With an 0-for-7 start from behind the arc, Michigan looked to score from inside and brokea 15-3 IU run with a flurry of buckets at the post from Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep. [N.H.]) and Blanchard to bring the Wolverines within seven, 23-16, at 6:14.
Indiana kept a double-digit cushion, going into the half ahead 38-27 despite Robinson's three-point play following a dunk in traffic at 49 seconds that brought the Wolverines' deficit to eight. Hornsby answered a moment later for the Hoosiers, however, with a three as the shot clock expired.
After a strong first-half output of 11 points to lead the team, Robinson was whistled for four fouls in the first five minutes of the second period, forcing the Wolverines to redraw their offensive attack. With Indiana's Jeffries nursing an injury, the Maize and Blue sought out Young in the post to attack Newton and Odle, who had collected four fouls apiece.
Young was effective with six straight points to pull Michigan within nine, 49-40, at 12:40, but Michigan had no answer for Hornsby, who remained a perfect 5-of-5 from behind the arc with three treys and a basket for 11 straight points in just over five minutes to put the game out of reach, 60-42.
Indiana extended its lead to as much as 23 points with an Odle field goal at 2:29. The Maize and Blue chipped away at the lead late, but a Ryan Tapak three-pointer with two seconds remaining sealed the 75-55 victory.
The Wolverines travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to face the Iowa Hawkeyes next Saturday (Feb. 23). The game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. CST and will be broadcast by ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423