Michigan continued to hang around at Indiana Sunday afternoon in large part because of a 23-point effort out of Zak Irvin, the Wolverines ultimately falling short at the buzzer on a missed three-point attempt by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, falling 70-67.
Indiana’s Colin Hartman hit one of two free throws with 17 seconds remaining, opening the door for Michigan to tie the game on it’s final possession. Initially looking to get Irvin a look from three, the Wolverines swung the ball around the perimeter to an open Abdur-Rahkman who missed a corner three short as time expired.
Three players hit double figures for the Hoosiers led by 20-points out of the highlight waiting to happen in springy forward Troy Williams. Yogi Ferrell added 18-points for Indiana, James Blackmon Jr. scoring 13.
For Michigan, Irvin’s 23-points came on 9-of-16 shooting from the field including three makes from behind the three-point line. Two others scored in double figures as well as freshman Ricky Doyle put together 15-points and six rebounds, Spike Albrecht chipping in 12.
Williams jump started Indiana’s offense in the early going, scoring four of the Hoosiers first eight points to lead 8-5 at the first media timeout.
Back-to-back baskets by Blackmon Jr. pushed the Indiana lead to it’s largest of the game at 15-8 midway through the first half.
Michigan kept the Indiana lead to within single digits over the first 20 minutes, sparked by a seven-point spurt off the bench for redshirt freshman Mark Donnal, including a three-pointer. The Hoosiers led 36-29 at the break.
In the second half it looked like the wheels could come off for Michigan early, quick threes from Hartman and Robert Johnson gave Indiana a 44-33 lead just over two minutes in.
A lay-up and a three-pointer by Irvin kept Michigan afloat down just eight-points with 15:59 left in regulation.
Indiana’s lead once again ballooned back to 11-points before Michigan made another run to keep within an arm’s length of the lead, an alley oop from Abdur-Rahkman to Aubrey Dawkins and another three-pointer by Irvin cut the deficit back to four midway through the second half.
With Indiana leading 64-55, an Albrecht three cut the Hoosiers lead to six, both teams then held without a field goal over the next two minutes of action.
A three-point play for Albrecht with just over a minute left crept Michigan to within three-points, 65-62. A Williams’ finish on a lob from Ferrell again put the Hoosiers up five before Irvin answered with a three-pointer on the Wolverines second to last possession.
Michigan shot 50-percent from the field including a 15-for-20 mark from the free throw line, turning the ball over just 11 times at Assembly Hall.