An eight-game win streak wouldn't suggest D.J. White and the Hoosiers needed to rebound, but rebound they did Tuesday in Ann Arbor.
Paced by 21 points and a career-best 22 rebounds from D.J. White, Indiana demolished Michigan 51-33 on the boards and whipped the Wolverines 78-64, for their ninth straight victory.
The tenth-ranked Hoosiers improved to 13-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten, while Michigan lost its fifth straight and slipped to 4-11 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
While Eric Gordon led the Hoosiers with 23 points, it was White who carried the Hoosiers to their 15th win in their last 17 tries against Michigan. White's rebounding total was the fifth highest single game total in school history, and the most by an IU player since Alan Henderson had 28 rebounds on Jan. 4, 1992.
White also had his ninth double-double in his last 10 games and recorded his first-ever 20-point, 20-rebound game.
"I couldn't be happier for DJ," said IU Coach Kelvin Sampson. "He's transformed who he is. He's gone from a perimeter post guy to a tough guy inside."
White and the Hoosiers jumped on Michigan early. Gordon connected on a pair of deep 3-pointers in the game's first three minutes to help IU to a quick 10-5 lead. With Michigan suffering through a nearly ten-minute, first-half stretch without a field goal, that lead would eventually balloon to 14 when Gordon hit a third 3-pointer from 28 feet to give IU a 27-13 lead.
But moments afterwards Gordon picked up a third foul and was relegated to the bench, and Jamarcus Ellis did the same with 3 ½ minutes on the clock in the opening half. Michigan proceeded to go on an 11-3 run to close the half, capped by a ¾ court heave at the buzzer by DeShawn Sims that whittled IU's lead to six, 37-31.
"E.J. (Gordon) picks up his third, Tone (Ellis) picks up his third…we're a lot better team when those two are on the court," Sampson said.
Those two returned at the start of the second half, and Indiana quickly regained control. White and Gordon both scored five points in the opening 2 ½ minutes of the second half, and the IU lead was quickly back to 13, 47-34.
"We focused on the first four minutes (of the second half)," Sampson said. "We watched them play Purdue, and they were down 14 at half and came back and tied that game in the second half."
There was no such comeback this time for John Beilein's Wolverines. While Manny Harris scored 19 and Sims 16 for Michigan, the Hoosiers quickly pushed the lead to 20 and Michigan never seriously threatened in the second half. Indiana limited the Wolverines to 31.7 percent shooting overall (19-of-60) and 28.6 percent shooting (8-of-28) from behind the 3-point arc.
"I thought we were really good defensively," Sampson said. "They hit some 3s, but I thought our defense was good all night. Coach (Jeff) Meyer had the scouting report for them and did a really good job preparing our team. We guarded them the way we want to guard them."
With the win, Indiana picked up its second conference road win and third road victory overall, equaling its total from a year ago. Indiana has also won its first two conference road games for the first time since 2002.
In addition to White and Gordon, Jordan Crawford also finished in double figures with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Crawford – who started in place of the injured Armon Bassett - did commit seven of the Hoosiers' 18 turnovers and was just 5-of-15 from the floor.
Bassett remained on the sidelines with bone chips in his ankle, and his status is uncertain for Sunday's match-up against Illinois.
"This is two good road wins for us," said Sampson. "Armon had a chance to rest. Hopefully with some rehab we can get him back Sunday."
M. White 1-5 0-0 2, D. White 7-13 7-9 21, Crawford 5-15 0-1 11, Ellis 2-5 2-3 7, Gordon 9-16 1-2 23, Stemler 2-2 0-0 5, Thomas 2-2 0-0 4, McGee 1-2 0-0 2, Ratliff 1-6 0-0 3, Ahlfeld 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-66 10-15 78.
Coleman 0-4 0-0 0, Sims 4-12 5-6 16, Udoh 1-5 0-0 2, Lee 2-5 1-2 7, Harris 6-15 6-9 19, Wright 1-4 0-2 3, Gibson 1-3 2-2 4, Shepherd 3-7 4-5 10, Grady 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 19-60 18-26 64.
3-Pointers: Indiana 8-18 (Gordon 4-7, Ellis 1-1, Stemler 1-1, Ratliff 1-5), Michigan 8-28 (Sims 3-5, Lee 2-5, Harris 1-5, Wright 1-4, Shepherd 0-1). Rebounds: Indiana 51 (D. White 22), Michigan 33 (Udoh 6). Assists: Indiana 18 (Ellis 6, Ratliff 6), Michigan 17 (Sims 4, Grady 4). Turnovers: Indiana 18, Michigan 11. Blocks: Indiana 2 (D. White 2), Michigan 5 (Udoh 5), Steals: Indiana , Michigan 9.
White's Career Night Carries Hoosiers, 78-64
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