ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team upset the nationally ranked Indiana Hoosiers (No. 24 AP, No. 19 ESPN/USA Today), 58-55, Saturday (Feb. 17) at a sold-out Crisler Arena. The Wolverines (18-9, 6-6 Big Ten) capitalized on 8-for-14 shooting from beyond the arc to put away the Hoosiers (17-8, 7-5 Big Ten), marking Michigan's first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Senior Dion Harris (Detroit,Mich./Redford HS) led a trio of double-digit scorers with a game-high 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. He added two rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes of action.
Off the bench, senior Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) scored 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 from the foul line. He added five boards, a block and an assist. Sophomore Jerret Smith (Romulus,Mich./Romulus HS) posted a career-high 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting, including 2-for-3 from downtown. He also dished out six assists and recorded a steal in his third start of the season.
Leading by only a point, 42-41, late in the second half, Michigan turned inside to Sims for six points to keep a 48-47 lead with 4:43 remaining. Trading baskets with Sims was IU forward Mike White, who connected on a low post bucket at 4:26 to give IU a 49-48 advantage. Harris' fourth and final three-pointer retook the Michigan lead, 51-49, and the Wolverines fell back on free throws by Smith and Sims during the final two minutes to preserve the victory. The win is coach Tommy Amaker's first victory against IU.
The Wolverines captured an early 11-2 advantage on a three-pointer by Harris at 14:54 in the first half. Michigan relied on the three-point shot throughout the first five minutes of the half, with Harris' netting a pair of long range shots and Smith coming away with another.
Indiana stormed back with a 9-2 run, cutting the Michigan lead to 13-11 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first stanza. Like the Wolverines, the Hoosiers made up most of the deficit with their three-point shooting, connecting on a pair of treys. IU finished 3-for-12 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Michigan responded with a 10-3 run to match its largest lead of the half, 23-14, at the 2:56 mark. The Wolverines continued to work the perimeter during the spurt, with fifth-year senior Lester Abram (Pontiac,Mich./Northern HS) connecting on a three-pointer to build the Michigan lead back to nine. A midrange jumper by Harris jump-started the run. He led all scorers in the first half with 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting, including 2-for-3 from downtown.
Leading 25-18 at halftime, the Wolverines were aided with precision from beyond the arc. Half of Michigan's eight first-half field goals came from three-point land, including a pair by Harris and one each from Smith and Abram. The Wolverines also led from the charity stripe, shooting 5-for-8 compared to the Hoosiers' 1-for-2.
Michigan continued its strong outside shooting early in the second half, with Harris and Smith both netting three-pointers. Mixed with two midrange buckets by Abram and Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS), the Wolverines held onto a 35-27 lead at 16:21.
A three-point basket by Baker with just over 12 minutes remaining ended a 4:19 Michigan drought, stretching the Wolverine advantage to 38-32. The Hoosiers followed with nine points from A.J Ratliff and White to cut the Michigan lead to 42-41.
The Wolverines will next travel to Champaign, Ill., for a meeting with Illinois on Wednesday (Feb. 21). The ESPNU-televised game will begin at 8 p.m. CST at Assembly Hall.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423