Quick Starts Lift IU Past Michigan

Bloomington, Ind. – Ultimately, Michigan couldn't finish what it couldn't get started. Indiana used an 11-0 run at the start of the first half and a 14-3 spurt to open the second half to open a pair of comfortable leads and cruised to a 76-61 win over Michigan.

Bloomington, Ind. – Ultimately, Michigan couldn't finish what it couldn't get started.

Indiana used an 11-0 run at the start of the first half and a 14-3 spurt to open the second half to open a pair of comfortable leads and cruised to a 76-61 win over Michigan.

The win was Indiana's 11th straight over the Wolverines and lifted it to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten. Michigan dropped its second straight and slipped to 16-6 and 4-3 in the conference.

The Hoosiers took control early, bloodying the Wolverines with a 11-0 run in game's first 1:46. Rod Wilmont and Lance Stemler – a pair that combined to make just 2-of-9 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss at Illinois – combined to make a trio of 3-pointers during the opening spurt, and Michigan quickly found itself down by double digits.

Indiana's lead was nine at intermission, but that quickly ballooned to 20 early in the second half. D.J. White scored six of his team-high 15 points during the Hoosiers' 14-3 flurry in the half's first five minutes that blew put the game seemingly out of reach.

Thanks to an 18-21 effort from the free-throw line in the second half Michigan slowly whittled the lead back down and got within eight, 64-56, with 3:25 remaining, but some big plays by Mike White secured the Hoosier win.

Mike White rebounded his own miss and put it back in while being fouled, and the subsequent free throw pushed the lead to 11 at the 3:04 mark. With IU's lead standing at 10 seconds later, White blocked a Ron Coleman jumper that ignited a fastbreak layup for Earl Calloway that pushed the lead back to 12, and the Wolverines would get no closer the rest of the way.

While Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker was pleased with a lot of the things his team did – it outscored IU at the free-throw line 29-10 and committed only 10 turnovers – the slow starts to each half were too much to overcome.

"The big difference was the start of both halves," Amaker said. "They had great energy, and put us on our heels right away. They put us in a hole…it was very difficult for us to overcome that mountain."

IU Coach Kelvin Sampson, meanwhile, said it had been a couple of good days of practice after the Hoosiers' 51-43 loss at Illinois Tuesday and it showed in a solid effort against a good Michigan team..

"I thought we were sharp," Sampson said. "Our kids were ready to play…I can't think of one area we weren't pretty good in."

Defensively, the Hoosiers contained the much longer and athletic Wolverines. Despite giving up a couple of inches at just about every position on the floor, Indiana out-rebounded Michigan 35-28 and limited the Wolverines to 34.9 percent shooting (15-of-43).

"We felt if we were physical and got into their bodies, we could take some of their length away," Stemler said. "We wanted to keep a body on them all the time."

The only thing Michigan was able to do offensively was get to the free-throw line. Michigan made 29-of-35 from the charity stripe and had D.J. White, Lance Stemler and Earl Calloway saddled with foul trouble at various points in the game.

"We're going to foul more than most…there's going to be a disparity in some of our games," Sampson said. "We tend to shoot 3s, which is good so long as they're good shots. Some of the fouls today, maybe we were a step slow. Michigan is an inside team. They have a lot of 6-10, 6-11 guys, and ours are 6-5, 6-6, sometimes we're trying hard and we get penalized for that. It's not the refs.."

Offensively, Indiana came to life after a season-low output against the Illini. The Hoosiers shot 50.9 percent (28-for-55) from the floor, 50 percent from the 3-point arc (10-of-20) and committed only nine turnovers.

They also got big efforts from Stemler and Wilmont. Stemler finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists and was 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Wilmont, meanwhile, matched Stemler's three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points.

Off the bench, A.J. Ratliff added a trio of 3-pointers, while Mike White scored six points and had a pair of blocks despite not getting onto the floor for the first time until there was just 8:14 remaining.

But with D.J. White sidelined with four fouls and Michigan chipping away at Indiana's lead, Mike White came up with some big plays on both ends of the floor.

"(Mike) was huge," Stemler said. "He came in with a great attitude, hustled, blocked shots, and did everything we needed him to do."

Mike White had played a combined 52 minutes in the Hoosiers' last two games, which included a start in last weekend's win at Connecticut. Sampson said the junior college transfer was probably a bit surprised to be on the sidelines so long Saturday, and he responded once he did get a chance to get on the floor.

"When a kid doesn't go in early…I think he got upset," Sampson said. "I kind of liked that. I think he went in there and said, ‘I'll show you.'"

Mike White did just that, and helped the Hoosiers win their 13th straight game at Assembly Hall dating back to last season. Indiana's win keeps it in third place in the Big Ten and sets up a huge game Wednesday against second-ranked Wisconsin at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall.

INDIANA 76
D. White 7-14 1-3 15, Stemler 4-9 0-2 11, Bassett 4-5 2-2 11, Wilmont 5-7 2-2 15, Calloway 3-7 3-4 9, Suhr 0-1 0-0 0, Ratliff 3-6 0-0 9, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, M. White 2-3 2-3 6, Shaw 0-2 0-0 0, Keeling 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 28-55 10-18 76.

MICHIGAN 61
Petway 1-3 1-2 3, Sims 2-6 7-8 11, Harris 3-9 5-5 12, Coleman 1-4 9-9 12, Abram 4-8 4-5 12, Sims 0-2 0-0 0, Baker 2-6 0-0 4, Shepherd 0-1 0-0 0, Udoh 2-4 3-6 7. Totals 15-43 29-35 61.

3-Pointers: Indiana 10-20 (Ratliff 3-5, Stemler 3-6, Wilmont 3-5, Bassett 1-1, Calloway 0-2, Shaw 0-1). Michigan 2-9 (Coleman 1-3, Harris 1-2, Baker 0-3, Abram 0-1). Rebounds: Indiana 35 (D. White 7), Michigan 28 (Sims 6). Assists: Indiana15 (Calloway 5), Michigan 8 (Harris 4). Turnovers: Indiana 9 (Bassett 2, Calloway 2, Allen 2), Michigan 10 (Harris 3). Blocks: Indiana 5 (D. White 3), Michigan 3 (Udoh 2). Steals: Indiana 5 (Wilmont 2), Michigan 4 (Harris 2). Attendance: 17,285. Officials: Jim Burr, Glenn Mayborg, Tim Hutchinson. Halftime Score: Indiana 35, Michigan 26.

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