A common theme game in and game out in the Big Ten is you have to find ways to survive.
Collin Hartman made one free throw with 17.9 seconds to play and the Hoosiers survived a missed 3-point shot from the corner late as Indiana held on for a 70-67 victory over Michigan Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
The win was the 17th of the season for the Hoosiers, matching their victory total from the 2013-14 season. IU (17-7, 7-4) moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten with Purdue and Maryland.
Indiana appeared in control most of the game. Michigan’s only lead was at 3-2 in the game’s first few minutes.
IU led by nine with 4:49 to play at 64-55 following two free throws by Williams.
But Michigan continued to hang around. And when Irvin buried a 3-pointer with 18.9 seconds to play, the Wolverines had cut the lead to two at 69-67.
On the inbounds, Hartman was fouled and missed the first of two free throws before hitting the second to make it 70-67.
Irvin dribbled the ball for most of the next 10 seconds in the front court before passing it to Muhammed-Ali Abdur Rahkman in the left corner. He let a 3-pointer fly but missed with Hartman providing the defensive pressure.
Indiana shot 49 percent from the field and was 7-of-17 from 3-point range. The Hoosiers also had a 32-21 edge on the boards.
And Hanner Mosquera-Perea, out since Jan. 12 returned and play short stints in both the first and second half.
IU is back in action on Wednesday at Maryland in a 9 p.m. tip.