U-M holds off Indiana 84-80 in regular season finale

ANN ARBOR (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Michigan and coach John Beilein were seeing red Saturday.

That was enough to push the No. 12 Wolverines to a season-closing win over Indiana, 84-80, in another Crisler Center classic between the teams.

With Jordan Morgan producing the best game of his season on Senior Night and the Wolverines cranking up the second-half 1-3-1 zone defense, they closed the regular season by holding off the desperate Hoosiers.

In a game that meant little in the standings, the Wolverines (23-7, 15-3 Big Ten) played with a ferocity against IU, acting like they were the team needing an upset to sniff the NCAA tournament bubble.

The start was a struggle, trailing by 10 early in the game but, once Indiana started turning the ball over after halftime, Michigan found a path.

The Wolverines ripped off a 25-10 run in the second half, eventually building the lead out to 11.

But a Michigan-Indiana season finale wasn't going down like that.

Much like last year when Indiana held on after Morgan missed a final tip, the Hoosiers rallied to tie a 75 on Saturday with 1:21 remaining.

But Glenn Robinson III drilled a three-pointer with 1:10 to play to provide a cushion and the Wolverines hit their free throws to seal it.

Led by Nik Stauskas' 21 points and Robinson's 20, the Wolverines placed four players in double figures and Morgan had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hoosiers (17-14, 7-11) pushed, but could never regain the lead after losing it with 14 minutes to play.

Michigan's start to the game was something familiar, with no defense, allowing Indiana to hit its first nine shots, eventually falling behind 22-12. Michigan found its way into the six-point range for most of the rest of the half but the defense wasn't much better, allowing 59% shooting for the half and seeing the Hoosiers score 42 points.

While Michigan got an eight-point first half boost from Senior Night hero Jordan Morgan, the Hoosiers were carried by Will Sheehey's 13 points and 10 from nemesis Yogi Ferrell.

That was more than enough to hold a 42-36 halftime lead.

The sideshow was Beilein and his back and forth with the officials over a missed call, at one point drawing a technical foul and barking back and forth past the halftime buzzer.

The Wolverines trailed by six, but were within striking distance and their second half kick.

Contact Mark Snyder: msnyder@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @mark__snyder.


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment