Skid Continues Against Hoosiers

The Michigan basketball team fell to 11-7 on the season and 1-4 in Big 10 play with a 80-61 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday night in Bloomington. Darius Morris led U-M with 22 and seven assists.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Michigan basketball team fell to 11-7 on the season and 1-4 in Big 10 play with an 80-61 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Darius Morris led Michigan with 22 points and seven assists. Tim Hardaway Jr., Zack Novak and Jordan Morgan all also scored 10 points for the Wolverines. Verdell Jones III led Indiana with 24 points. Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls added 17 and 13.

In the first half the Wolverines fell behind 30-15 with a poor shooting half that saw U-M net just two points over a nine minute stretch of clock. A two point Morris layup was all U-M got during the stretch, and IU used the cold U-M effort to grow a 26-11 lead.

Michigan's only lead of the contest came in the opening minutes when Zack Novak sunk U-M's first shot from behind the arc to make it 3-2. The Wolverines last lead came at 5-4 on a Jordan Morgan jumper.

The second half saw the Wolverines get within 10 on a handful of occasions but get no closer. With 8:33 left in the half Jordan Morgan made it 46-36 with a slam dunk. Then the teams exchanged triples to make it 49-39.

Hulls added his second straight triple for the Hoosiers, though, and the lead swoll back to 15 on a Verdell Jones jumper with 6:09 remaining. Michigan got back within 10 one last time on an Evan Smotrycz three-pointer with 4:43 left.

The Wolverines next chance to snap the skid comes Tuesday night with a trip to meet the Northwestern Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.

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