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Hoosiers blow 20-point second lead against Michigan

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana had Michigan on the ropes Wednesday night.

The Hoosiers just couldn't deliver the knockout punch.

Manny Harris, DeShawn Sims and Laval Lucas-Perry led Michigan back from a 20-point second-half deficit to force overtime, then took advantage of the weary Hoosiers to pull off an improbable 72-66 victory.

Lucas-Perry finished with 18 points, Harris, the Big Ten's top scorer, added 17 and Sims had 14 for the Wolverines (12-3, 2-1).

Indiana (5-9, 0-2) was led by Devan Dumes with 17 and Nick Williams with 14. But it wasn't enough to avoid a fifth straight loss, the Hoosiers' first three-game losing streak at Assembly Hall since December 2004 or their first 0-2 start in conference play since 1997-98.

Michigan's first win in Bloomington since 1995 even reminded fans of how Indiana blew another 20-point lead against Lipscomb on Dec. 28, the Hoosiers' last home game.

But this one didn't start that way.

Indiana jumped to a 23-8 lead midway through the first half, extended the margin to 32-16 and still led 39-22 at the half. An early second-half scoring flurry gave the Hoosiers a 44-24 lead with 18:25 to go.

Yet Michigan righted itself and charged back.

Despite shooting just 3-of-18 on 3-pointers in the first half, the Wolverines' long-range shooters finally started getting in rhythm during the comeback.

The Wolverines used an 8-0 run to get within 48-41 with 11:50 left in regulation, and after Indiana rebuilt a 53-41 lead, Sims hit a 5-footer, C.J. Lee a 3-pointer and Sims tipped in his own miss with 3:28 left to get Michigan within 55-51.

After Tom Pritchard ended a 5:20 scoring drought for the Hoosiers with 2:01 to go, Harris knocked down a 3 with 43.8 seconds left and Lucas-Perry followed that with another 3 to tie it at 59 with 23.4 seconds to go.

Indiana had a chance to win it when Verdell Jones took a 3 from the left corner but it sailed long, Michigan grabbed the rebound and after a timeout, Harris couldn't hit a desperation heave from midcourt, forcing overtime.

Then it was all Wolverines.

Kelvin Grady broke the tie with a 3 and Lucas-Perry followed that with another 3 to make it 65-60 with 2:40 left. The Hoosiers never seriously challenged again.

B>MICHIGAN 72, INDIANA 66, OT

MICHIGAN (12-3)

Sims 7-15 0-0 14, Novak 2-6 0-0 6, Harris 4-12 7-8 17, Lucas-Perry 5-12 5-6 18, Grady 2-6 0-0 6, Douglass 1-4 0-0 3, Lee 2-3 0-0 6, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Merritt 0-1 0-0 0, Gibson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-61 12-14 72.

INDIANA (5-9)

Pritchard 3-7 3-4 9, Roth 3-8 0-0 9, Jones III 6-16 1-2 13, Williams 6-12 2-4 14, Dumes 6-15 1-3 17, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Story 1-2 0-0 2, Taber 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-63 7-13 66.

Halftime--Indiana 39-22. End Of Regulation--Tied 59. 3-Point Goals--Michigan 12-40 (Lucas-Perry 3-9, Lee 2-2, Grady 2-5, Novak 2-6, Harris 2-8, Douglass 1-4, Gibson 0-1, Merritt 0-1, Sims 0-4), Indiana 7-21 (Dumes 4-9, Roth 3-7, Story 0-1, Jones III 0-4). Fouled Out--Sims. Rebounds--Michigan 35 (Harris 11), Indiana 40 (Pritchard 9). Assists--Michigan 15 (Grady 4), Indiana 13 (Jones III 6). Total Fouls--Michigan 14, Indiana 17. A--11,044.



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