ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team lost its 10th-straight decision, dropping a fiercely fought 70-63 contest to Indiana this afternoon (Feb. 20) in front of a sellout crowd at Crisler Arena. Though the Wolverines (12-14, 3-10 Big Ten) were sharp from the field, shooting 48.9 percent (23-of-47), they were unable to pull out the victory as Indiana shot 60.9 percent from long range, hitting a season-best 14 triples.
The Wolverines had three in double figures, with sophomore Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) leading the team with 15 points. Harris shot 5-of-11 from the floor with two triples while bringing down a career-best-tying seven rebounds. Sophomore Courtney Sims (Roslindale, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) and freshman Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points each. Sims hit 6-of-8 from the floor with six boards, while Coleman earned all of his 12 tallies on three-point baskets, hitting a career-best-tying four triples.
The contest was close from start to finish, as the two teams battled back and forth for the duration. Indiana started on a three-point tear, hitting eight-straight three-point baskets. Despite the Hoosiers' long-range accuracy, the Wolverines held tight, never letting Indiana's lead get beyond eight points. Finally, with 9:51 to go, Michigan began a 10-5 scoring drive to tie Indiana 27-27 with 4:49 left in the half.
The Hoosiers continued success from three-point range, connecting for their ninth triple of the half to grab a 30-27 lead with 3:59 left in the half. Indiana would not score for the remainder of the half, however, and the Wolverines picked up four from the free throw line from Chris Hunter (Gary, Ind./West Side HS) and Harris to push ahead 31-30 to close out the first frame.
Michigan played strong to begin the second half, but the Hoosiers would not allow the Wolverines to pull away with the lead. The teams traded baskets with Sims, Coleman and Harris leading the Michigan squad, combining for Michigan's first 19 points in the second half. Sims put up eight tallies in the first 10 minutes including six-straight points to keep the Hoosiers at bay. Coleman continued his strong shooting from beyond the arc, hitting back-to-back triples to help maintain Michigan's lead.
After managing to stay ahead for the first 12 minutes of the second half, the Michigan lead slipped away as Indiana went on an 8-2 run to take a 51-50 advantage with 8:02 remaining. The lead changed in the next eight possessions as the teams steadily fought back-and-forth. With 3:37 left on the clock, Indiana hit its 14th three-point basket of the game to take the lead for good, following the shot with a 5-0 run to seal the win. Though the Wolverines fought to within three points with 14 seconds remaining, there wasn't enough time on the clock for Michigan to mount a comeback.
Michigan remains at home for its next contest, facing Penn State Wednesday (Feb. 23) at Crisler Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT.
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