Michigan had a different starting line up for the third straight game. This time Kelvin Grady got the start for David Merritt, who reportedly was not feeling well. Michigan had a 6-5 lead early in the game and then the next 20 minutes of game action turned into a complete debacle for Michigan.
Indiana went on an 18-2 run and they were making 30 foot 3 pointers in the process. Meanwhile Michigan couldn’t buy a basket and ended the first half 3 for 18 on three pointers. Indiana was 5-8 on threes and shot 50% in the first half and enjoyed a hearty 39-22 lead.
The second half didn’t start out much better. Manny Harris turned the ball over on the first possession of the half. Apparently Tom Crean was so pleased with himself that he gleefully high fived his assistant coaches. With 18:26 left to play in the game the Hoosiers had taken a 44-24 lead.
Michigan then went on a 17-6 run and sliced Indiana’s lead down to 48-41. Manny Harris, Zack Novak, and Stu Douglass each nailed a big 3 pointer during that run. Indiana called a timeout after Douglass’ three had cut the lead to 9. Coming out of the timeout Indiana went on a quick 5-0 run to open the lead back up to 53-41.
Michigan co-captain C.J. Lee entered the game and provided a spark drilling two three balls during a 10-2 Michigan run that had cut the lead all the way down to 4 points. Indiana answered with a bucket to make the score 59-53. Manny Harris responded to that and nailed a clutch three pointer with less then a minute to play to pull Michigan within 59-56. Michigan then capped an 8-2 run when Laval Lucas-Perry hit a monstrous three ball that received a friendly bounce from the Assembly Hall rim and Michigan had tied the game at 59. Indiana’s shot at the buzzer was no good and the game was heading to overtime.
Kelvin Grady started things off in the extra session when he drained a three. After Devan Dumes made 1-3 free throws Laval Lucas-Perry drained another triple to put Michigan up 65-60. Indiana made 9 trips to the free throw line in overtime but only sunk 3 of them.
Laval Lucas-Perry hit 1-2 from the line to put Michigan up 70-63. After Indiana had scored to make it 70-65 Michigan turned the ball over on the in bounds play. That led to Verdell Jones making 1-2 free throws and closing the Michigan lead to 70-66. Then as Kelvin Grady was bringing the ball up he stepped out of bounds and suddenly Indiana had new life with 12.8 seconds left. Thankfully they missed a shot and Manny Harris soared for the rebound and was fouled. He made both of his free throws and Michigan secured an improbable comeback win 72-66.
Laval Lucas-Perry led all scorers with 18 points he also had 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Manny Harris scored 17 to go along with 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. DeShawn Sims scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and picked up 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Inside the numbers: Michigan had 15 assists on 24 field goals and had 12 turnovers. Indiana out rebounded Michigan 37-31 including 22-13 in the first half.
Road to 21 wins: This was a game I had them projected to win. It appeared that the Bloomington Blues were going to get Michigan again but they pulled out what is a big win for the team.
Notes: The win was Michigan’s first at Indiana since 1995.
With the win Michigan improved to 12-3 (2-1).