No. 16 Hoosiers open Big Ten play with win over Michigan
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Robert Vaden scored 17 points, pulled down
six rebounds and handed out four assists as the 16th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers
defeated the Michigan Wolverines, 70-63, in a Big Ten opener at Assembly Hall.
Marco Killingsworth, playing in his 100th career collegiate game, added 15
points and six rebounds for the Hoosiers (9-2, 1-0 Big Ten), who won their
fifth straight game.
Roderick Wilmont chipped in 12 points and five boards and five Indiana players
finished in double figures. The Hoosiers have now claimed victory over the
Wolverines in their last nine meetings.
Daniel Horton finished with 20 points and five assists for Michigan (10-2,
0-1), which had its three-game win streak come to a halt. Dion Harris added 19
points and six rebounds.
Graham Brown was a force on the glass for the Wolverines as he pulled down a
career-high 21 rebounds — 15 defensive — in the loss.
The Wolverines twice held a lead early in the second half and were up 35-32
four minutes into the frame. The Hoosiers responded with a 13-4 run that
Wilmont capped with a layup to put Indiana ahead 45-39.
Later on the Hoosiers led 48-42, but a three-pointer by Horton pulled Michigan
to within three. However, Wilmont answered with back-to-back treys to put
Indiana up 54-45.
The Wolverines did not quit, though. Michigan used a 10-1 run, with Jerret
Smith’s jumper closing out the spurt, to tie it at 55-55 with 5:41 remaining.
Indiana then used an 8-2 run, with Vaden scoring the first six points, to go
ahead 63-57 with 1:51 left. The Hoosiers closed the contest by scoring seven
of the last 11 points to clinch the victory.
The two teams stayed close through the opening 20 minutes and both shot under
40 percent in the opening half.
The scoring started off slow, as Indiana led just 8-4 just under 5 1/2 minutes
into the contest. The Hoosiers were ahead 17-10 with 7:14 remaining and
stretched their lead to 24-17 with under three minutes left in the first half.
However, Michigan closed out the period on a 7-0 spurt, ignited by a Harris
three-pointer, to make it 24-24 heading into the second half.
Michigan lost for the first time on the road this season (3-1)…The
Wolverines fell to 58-31 all-time in Big Ten openers…Indiana leads the all-
time series 95-51 and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings…D.J. White and
Marshall Strickland each had 10 points for the Hoosiers…Brown finished with