Michigan Comeback Falls Short vs. Indiana

The Michigan men's basketball team trailed by 16 with 15 minutes to go, then staged a comeback which fell just short in Crisler Arena Sunday afternoon as the Wolverines fall to the Hoosiers 59-57.

The first half for Michigan was brutal. Things started off promising, with the Hoosiers (6-6 coming in) missing their first 6 shots and Michigan taking a 6-1 lead. But at the 14:30 mark Indiana started raining down 3-pointers, hitting three in a row to start a 17-5 Indiana run. At the 9:07 mark it was 18-11 Indiana. Michigan fought back to make it 18-17 at the 7:17 mark. But then Indiana started running, and the wheels feel off for Michigan -- their shooting fell apart, they took bad shots so the rebounding suffered, and they didn't get back on defense. Indiana finished the half with an 11-2 run to take a 29-19 lead into the locker room. The three pointer was the main weapon for the Hoosiers as they hit 6-14.

For Michigan their leading scorer Daniel Horton went scoreless in the half, going 0-6. Michigan overall shot just 28% for the half, and hit only 1-7 3-pointers. Robinson was the one Wolverine who played a good opening stanza, leading the team in scoring at the half with 8 points.

As the second half started it looked like more of the same -- Michigan missing long shots and not rebounding well. At the 14:00 mark Indiana had extended their lead to 41-25. And even though the Hoosiers' weakness is their interior game, they led Michigan in rebounds 31-23.

Then Michigan went to a zone defense, and to a a four-guard line-up (Horton, Robinson, Lester Abram, Dion Harris, with J.C. Mathis at center), and a comeback began. Ironically, the Wolverines also began going inside for their points as well, and their shooting percentage improved dramatically. Only Dion harris kept shooting the '3' and he hit two. And Michigan started rebounding as well. Over the next seven minutes Michigan outscored Indiana 18-9, and outrebounded the Hoosiers 6-1. By the 6:50 mark Indiana's lead had been cut to 50-43.

Down the stretch the Wolverines kept clawing. At the 3:25 mark Dion Harris made a '3' to make it 55-50. At 1:30 Lester Abram made a layup to close it to 59-55. Horton made a runner to make it 59-57 with 55 seconds to go. And a frantic finish was about to commence.

Indiana took 27 seconds off the clock -- then turned the ball over. Michigan had the ball with 28 seconds to go, trailing by just two!

Horton missed a three - but Abram rebounded it. 18.4 seconds left!

Abram had a close-in shot blocked -- but the ball went out of bounds off Indiana. 8.4 seconds left!

Horton drove toward the basket but was tied up -- but the possession arrow pointed to Michigan. 5.6 seconds left!

Bernard Robinson drove across the lane looking for a runner, but had to try a fade away -- missed -- and the clock ran out!

Michigan falls short, 59-57.

For Michigan Robinson was the leading scorer with 18 points (no three-pointers), and Dion Harris added 15, including the Wolverines'only three 3-pointers. Daniel Horton had an off-day, shooting 3-13 (and 0-7 from beyond the arc) for 7 points.

Michigan falls to 10-3 for the season, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Their next game is next Saturday at MSU (5-7, 0-1).

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