IU comes close, loses at Michigan 84-80

Glenn Robinson III hit a big 3-pointer with 1:10 to play to break a 75-all tie and help lead Michigan to a 84-80 victory over Indiana Saturday at Crisler Arena. Will Sheehey had 17 points for the Hoosiers while Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell had 16 for IU. Jordan Morgan had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan.

Indiana put forth a valiant effort on the road Saturday night but couldn't come away with the victory.

Trailing Michigan by 11 points with under 5 minutes to play, Indiana rallied to tie the game. But Michigan hit a big three and then made all of its free throws down the stretch to post an 84-80 victory over Indiana on Senior Night at Crisler Center.

Jordan Morgan, Michigan's lone senior, had his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.

Michigan (23-7, 15-3 Big Ten) had already wrapped up the Big Ten outright title and the No. 1 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament before the game. But this one was important for the Wolverines because IU had beaten Michigan three times in a row including on the Crisler Center floor for the outright title on the final day a year ago.

Indiana (17-14, 7-11) closes the regular season on a two-game losing streak and will now play on Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers will either be the No. 7, 8 or 9 seed in the conference tournament. That will be determined after the final games of the conference season on Sunday.

If IU plays in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game on Thursday, the winner of that game would get another shot at this same Michigan team.

Michigan led 73-62 with 4:55 to play before IU used a 13-2 run to tie it at 75.

Troy Williams started it with a slam dunk and Yogi Ferrell hit a 3-pointer. Stan Robinson made two free throws and Devin Davis had a follow shot at 2:39 to cut the lead to 73-71.

After Michigan hit two free throws, IU answered with a follow jam by Williams and a driving layup by Robinson to tie the game at 75 with 1:28 to play.

The other Robinson, Glenn Robinson III, then hit the back-breaker with a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:10 remaining to make it 78-75.

A late 3 by Noah Vonleh (who scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds) cut the lead to 82-80 with 4.2 seconds remaining. Nik Stauskas then calmly made two free throws with 3.5 seconds to play to finish off the victory.

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