First half drought dooms Wolverines in 80-67 loss to Indiana

Doomed by a massive first half shooting drought, Indiana was able to defeat Michigan with ease 80-67 Tuesday night.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- There's no way to sugarcoat a loss like this, Michigan simply got ran out of the gym.

With the game nationally televised on ESPN, it was clear at least one team came to play as the Indiana Hoosiers took advantage of a huge first half run to dispatch of the Wolverines 80-67.

The game got off to a frantic start and U-M managed to get out to double-digit lead midway through the first half. However, that certainly did not last as the Hoosiers jumped to a 21-0 run that really put U-M into a bind it couldn't get out of.

"We had a span there where our defensive transition was not good," U-M coach John Beilein said. "Had a lot to do with their speed, quickness and their ability to shoot it at four different positions. That run that they made turned out to be insurmountable. We feel really bad about it and we'll go back, watch some video and see what we can do."

In fact, the Hoosiers held the Wolverines scoreless for just over nine minutes later in the first half.

With what could be characterized as its worst shooting performance of the season, the Wolverines finished the first half shooting a measly 28 percent from the field (9-32 FGs) and an even more putrid 20 percent from the three-point line making only three on 15 shots. Whereas the Hoosiers shot a stellar 61 percent from the field and 40 percent from the beyond the arc.

"I'll watch the video and find out what was going on," Beilein said. "Sometimes the other team is just damn better than you on that night. I'm not the coach that is going to point fingers at my players. We've got to get better, we'll find a way."

With a 21-point lead to start the second half, the Hoosiers didn't need to do anything special to keep the Wolverines at bay.

The Wolverines played flat for the second time in a matter of games and the better team took advantage of that lackadaisical play Tuesday night.


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