Dec. 31, 2009
Michigan falls to 6-6 on the season and 0-1 in Big Ten play.
With the loss, Michigan is now 59-34 in Big Ten regular-season openers. Michigan is 53-99 all-time against Indiana, including 12-61 in Bloomington.
For the third straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Stu Douglass, Zack Novak, Laval Lucas-Perry, Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims.
With his start against Indiana, Manny Harris has now started all 79 games in his U-M career, while Stu Douglass has played in all 47 in his career. Zack Gibson extended his consecutive-games played streak to 78, while DeShawn Sims has played in 108 consecutive for Michigan.
Zack Novak, marred in a season-long shooting slump from three-point range, connected on his first three triples and led Michigan with 11 points in the first half. He finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, both season highs. He also added three assists, two steals, one block and did not commit a turnover.
Stu Douglass was U-M's second leading scorer, finishing with 16 points, his second-highest total of the season. In Michigan's last game against Coppin State (Dec. 22), Douglass scored 20, giving him a 16.0 points-per-game average in the last two contests.
Manny Harris entered the game as the Big Ten's leading scorer at 20.1 points per game but was held to just two points in the first half due to foul trouble. He finished with 13 and has 18 points total in his last two games.
Laval Lucas-Perry scored 18 points in last season's road win at IU but was held scoreless Thursday. He still managed to lead the team in assists (five) and also grabbed four rebounds.
Four starters (Novak, Douglass, Sims, Harris) combined for 59 of Michigan's 65 points. The Wolverines only got six points from their bench (Gibson - 4, Morris - 2).
Michigan started the game going 4-for-5 from three-point range but went 1-for-11 thereafter. After shooting 40 three-pointers in last season's win at Indiana, the Wolverines went 9-for-28 (32 percent) for the game.
Foul trouble was an overriding theme in Thursday's game against Indiana. The Hoosiers were in the bonus during the first five minutes of the second half. Both Sims and Novak fouled out, while Harris was in and out of the lineup and finished with four fouls.
Michigan went 12-for-15 (80 percent) from the free-throw line. Indiana had 14 more attempts by contrast, finishing 20-for-29 (69 percent), including connecting on 7-of-8 in the final minute of play.
Michigan held the advantage on fast-break points (14-7) and on second-chance points (12-6).
The Wolverines have had a positive assist-turnover ratio in every game this season. Against Indiana, Michigan had 15 assists on 22 made field goals while only committing 13 turnovers.
Michigan played its first game without associate head coach Jerry Dunn, who took a leave of absence earlier this week due to personal reasons. Administrative specialist Jeff Meyer assumed responsibilities. Meyer was an assistant coach at Indiana from 2006-08.
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