After trailing by 17 at halftime, Michigan came all the way back to force overtime. The game is the second overtime contest of the season for U-M. Outscoring the Hoosiers 13-7 in the extra stanza, Michigan won, 72-66, earning a victory for the first time in Bloomington in 15 years. The previous triumph came in a 65-52 U-M win on Jan. 24, 1995. U-M is now 12-60 all-time against IU on the road and 53-98 all-time in the series.
The 20-point comeback marks the second time this season Michigan has come from over 15 points down to win. Earlier in the non-conference season, trailing Savannah State by 20, U-M came all the way back to win the game, 66-64, in overtime on a DeShawn Sims buzzer-beater.
Today's overtime contest was the 88th in school history.
With the 72-66 victory, Michigan is now 56-32 all-time in overtime games. It also marks the 61st overtime game in Big Ten play for U-M. Michigan improves to 39-22 in such contests. Against Indiana, the Wolverines are now 4-4 in overtime games all-time.
After shooting 25 percent in the first half, Michigan came out in the second half to shoot 51.9 percent to help spur the comeback win.
Michigan trailed 39-22 at the half but reversed it in the second half, posting a 37-20 second-half stanza. It is the second straight Big Ten game that the Wolverines have held an opponent under 25 points in the second half. Last game, U-M held Illinois to just 25 points in the Wolverines 74-64 win over the Illini.
With the 12 three-pointers, Michigan posts its sixth game this season with 10 or more triples in a game. U-M closed the game shooting just 30 percent (12-of-40) from behind the arc. The 40 attempts are the second-most all-time by a U-M team in a single game.
With his 17 points and 11 rebounds, Manny Harris posted his fifth double-double of the season -- the fourth this season with double-digit points and rebounds. With the performance, Harris moves ahead of DeShawn Sims for the most double-doubles this season. Sims has four.
Scoring 12 of his 17 points in the second half, Manny Harris posted his 13th double-figure game of the season. Overall, it marks the 41st in his career. He leads the Wolverines with 18.7 points per game.
With a career-best and game-high 18 points, Laval Lucas-Perry has now posted double-figure scoring games in all six games he has played in since transferring from Arizona. He is third on the Wolverines with 12.7 points per game.
DeShawn Sims scored 14 points to extend his streak of scoring in double figures to all 15 games this season. In his career, he has reached double figures in points in 41 games. This season, he is second on the Wolverines with 16.5 points per game.
Kelvin Grady earned his first start of the season, replacing David Merritt, who was still suffering effects from an illness. Along with Grady in the starting five were Zack Novak, Laval Lucas-Perry, Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims.
C.J. Lee came off the bench to score six points in 10 minutes, netting a pair of key three-point field goals to help spur a Michigan run in the comeback win. He added a steal in the second half that led to a Laval Lucas-Perry triple to tie the game at 59-59, sending it to overtime.
Manny Harris has started all 47 games in his Michigan career. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady played in his 47th straight contest for the Wolverines. Grady now has 26 career starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "I think you just saw two very, very young teams. I know that Indiana has the youngest team in the country; it reminds me a lot of our Michigan team last year where people are just learning on the fly. It's probably the hardest way to learn, but you are thrown out there and it is just great experience. For our guys it's the same thing, we have three freshmen and a bunch of sophomores out there. It's exciting basketball, watching these two programs hopefully grow back to where they both once were."
On the play of C.J. Lee... "He's been a captain for so long and he has been so important to our program, in the locker room and giving anything for our team. His defense is really something that we need; he hit a big three in the corner when it was still a double-digit lead to help keep us in the game. He's a great spark for us off the bench."
On the mindset coming back in the second half... "I thought the quality of our shots was pretty good. We had some great open shots in the first half. We probably rushed a couple. The big thing was poise, poise, poise. We cannot win this thing if everyone tries to do it all by themselves. Stay poised. We are going to hit a couple of shots and we have to get the ball inside to DeShawn a little bit more. Just don't lose your poise. I thought, for a young team, we did that pretty well."
U-M Sophomore/freshman Guard Laval Lucas-Perry
On the comeback... "When you are down 20, you want to shoot threes right away to get right back in it, but coach told us we needed to cut it down. He knew we weren't going to cut it down to one point at halftime, but we needed to cut it down as much as we could. Then we needed to win the second half and we won every four minutes, four minutes at a time."
U-M Fifth-year Senior Guard C.J. Lee
On his play off the bench... "I just wanted to come in and contribute. At that time we were still down by double digits and we were cutting it, but then they took it back up. I had shots, I took them and I made them, but everyone made plays tonight. We showed a lot of toughness. We did the things we needed to do to push it into overtime and then, ultimately, win the game."
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