Indiana’s 25-0 run to end first half leads to big win at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Yogi Ferrell had 17 points and nine assists, and No. 22 Indiana finished the first half with 25 straight points en route to an 80-67 victory over Michigan on Tuesday night.
The Big Ten-leading Hoosiers (19-4, 9-1) struggled early on, missing eight straight shots and falling behind 10-2, but they were nearly flawless in the final minutes of the half. Indiana led 45-24 at halftime and went on to its most lopsided victory over the Wolverines (17-6, 7-3) in Ann Arbor since 2008.
Robert Johnson scored 16 points for the Hoosiers and O.G. Anunoby added 11.
Zak Irvin led Michigan with 16 points. The Wolverines were without Caris LeVert for a ninth straight game because of a lower left leg injury.
Indiana recovered from its shaky start, but the Hoosiers still trailed 24-20 after Michigan’s Duncan Robinson made a 3-pointer with 9:05 left in the half. The Wolverines wouldn’t score again before halftime, and what was supposed to be a close game in front of a raucous crowd quickly became a blowout.
A dunk by Troy Williams off an alley-oop pass put Indiana ahead 36-24, and then the Hoosiers added 3-pointers by Collin Hartman, Ferrell and Nick Zeisloft. Indiana ended up shooting 19 of 31 from the field in the half, which was remarkable considering its early dry spell.
Anunoby opened the scoring in the second half with a 3 for Indiana before Michigan finally ended its scoreless stretch.
The Wolverines scored the game’s final nine points to make the final margin a lot more respectable than it could have been. Michigan trailed by as many as 27 points in the second half.