Michigan Falls 78-64 to No. 10 Indiana

The Michigan basketball team fell to 0-3 in Big 10 play with a 78-64 loss to the No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims again led the Wolverines in scoring in Michigan's fifth straight loss. Harris scored 19 while Sims added 16.

ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan basketball team continued its slide in conference play as it fell to 0-3 in Big 10 play with a 78-64 loss to the No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan finished with three scorers in double digits, Manny Harris leading the way with a team high 19 points.

"Indiana is a good team. They do a good job of executing their plays and recruiting good players. They came out and competed with all fifteen of their guys today," said Michigan sophomore DeShawn Sims, who finished just three points behind Harris at the top of the Wolverines score sheet.

"Just keep pushing. You never stop trying to correct mistakes. You just play through them," Sims said.

Michigan was again trailing after the first 20 minutes in this contest, Indiana's all-everything freshman guard Eric Gordon leading the way for the Hoosiers with 11 of his game high 23 points coming in the first half.

"What can we do to get better," Michigan coach John Beilein said following the loss. "Is it something I can do? Is it something you can do? I think they all do that and I think that's healthy. I think it's healthy that they're trying to help each other."

In Tuesday's contest, it was nearly coast-to-coast Indiana. After jumping on top 2-0 with their first possession of the game just seconds in, No. 10 IU trailed for the only time after C.J. Lee's three-point basket got Michigan on the board.

Gordon answered with his first triple just 18 seconds later, and from that point on it was all Indiana.

At two seconds past the halfway point in the first half, DeAndre Thomas' jumper provided the Hoosiers with their first double-digit lead of the contest at 22-11.

Sims connected on a pair of free throws to bring Michigan back within nine points, but Thomas, Gordon and D.J. White pushed the lead out to 29-13 with 6:26 left in the half. Michigan would, however, trim the lead to six at 37-31 with four triples in the final four minutes of the half, DeShawn Sims, Kelvin Grady and Manny Harris all connecting from behind the arc.

The lead got as small as five points 30 seconds into the second half, but that was as close as Michigan would get.

Within two minutes, the lead was extended back to 12 points. Near the middle of the frame, a three-ball from A.J. Ratliff gave IU what would be their biggest lead of the game at 22 points.

Jevohn Shepherd, Harris and Sims led Michigan through the second half with 22 of the Wolverines 33 points in the final 20 minutes.

In the final 10 minutes Indiana cruised to the 78-64 win.

Michigan's next basketball game is a road game at Northwestern scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. CST on the Big 10 Network.

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