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Indiana falls short at Michigan

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Second half again costs Hoosiers

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:11 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The second half did it to Indiana again.

Barely.

The Hoosiers won the first 20 minutes, lost the second and then the game Saturday night. Big Ten champ Michigan rallied for an 84-80 victory that was payback for last month's Assembly Hall loss.

IU finished 17-14 overall, 7-11 in the Big Ten. It's guaranteed to play in Thursday's No. 8/No. 9 game in next week's Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis.

The Hoosiers went ahead by 10 in the first half, then fell behind by 11 in the second. They rallied for a late tie before Michigan got the win.

"We did do such a great job of coming back," coach Tom Crean said. "Our guys were so locked in and ready to go. Our preparation was great.

"We expected to win. Our guys played like it. They never stopped believing they would win."

The Hoosiers finished 2-6 on the road. Five times they had a halftime lead, but won only once – at Northwestern.

Will Sheehey led IU with 17 points. Troy Williams had 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points. Freshman Stanford Robinson had 13 points. Freshman Devin Davis, making his first ever start, had nine points and six rebounds.

Freshman forward Noah Vonleh, who had missed the previous two games with an inflamed left foot, totaled seven points and eight rebounds.

Michigan (23-7, 15-3) was led by Nik Stauskas's 21 points. Glenn Robinson III had 21 points. Jordan Morgan had 15 points and 21 rebounds.

The No. 12 Wolverines won the second half in part because of their free throw shooting. They were 23-for-24 in the final 20 minutes and finished 26-for-29.

Michigan also scored 23 points off of IU's 15 turnovers.

Indiana started small and hot. With freshmen Davis, Williams and Robinson starting (Vonleh opened on the bench), IU hit its first nine shots, including a pair of three-pointers, to build a 22-12 lead.

"We were moving the ball, getting easier looks,running in transition," Williams said. "I got a couple layups and dunks in transition. We had the right chemistry."

The Wolverines closed with two points. Then coach John Beilein, upset by the lack of a call after already being irritated by having a three-pointer disallowed, got a technical. That helped the Hoosiers surge ahead 39-30 before taking a 42-36 halftime lead.

IU shot 59.3 percent from the field, and had 10 assists against three turnovers. It was impressive, but not enough to produce significant separation.

The Wolverines capitalized.

Michigan's 13-2 run early in the second half turned a six-point deficit into a five-point lead. Stanford Robinson's three-point play stopped the run – but only briefly. Michigan converted consecutive IU turnovers into five points en route to building an 11-point lead with five minutes left.

The Hoosiers used a 9-0 run to close within two, then forged a 75-75 tie. But Robinson III got free for a three-pointer to give Michigan an edge it never lost.