Indiana holds off Michigan, 70-67 #iubb

For all that went right for Indiana on Sunday, the Hoosiers still found themselves clinging to hope in the final seconds.

A second-half push allowed Michigan an opportunity to send this one to overtime, but Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman’s last-second shot missed the mark to seal IU’s 70-67 victory before an announced crowd of 17,472 at Assembly Hall.

The win gives Indiana a bit of momentum heading into Wednesday’s matchup at Maryland, where the Hoosiers will meet the Terrapins at 9 p.m.

Since the Crossroads Classic, Indiana is now 7-1 in games decided by single digits. During the same time last season, IU was 2-5.

Troy Williams was both brilliant and maddening at times, but ended his day with an encouraging performance. Willians posted a team-high 20 points — including 14 in the second half — and eight rebounds, while committing four turnovers. Yogi Ferrell added 18 points and six assists, while James Blackmon Jr. returned from an ankle injury to score 13 points and add a co-high eight boards.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea made his return to the court for Indiana, logging four minutes and grabbing one rebound.

Indiana led for virtually the entire game, building its lead to 11 points on three occasions. Michigan chipped away and cut its deficit to a single possession twice in the final minute, using a deep 3-pointer by Zak Irvin to get within 69-67 with 18 seconds left.

After taking a foul on the other end, Collin Hartman missed his first free throw before connecting on his second to give Indiana a three-point cushion before Abdur-Rahkman missed a potential game-tying 3 on the other end.

Irvin, a former Indiana Mr. Basketball for Hamilton Southeastern, led the Wolverines with 23 points.

Indiana outrebounded Michigan 32-21, while hitting seven 3-pointers. The Wolverines struggled, at times, to finish shots at the rim, but connected on 50 percent of their attempts and scored 30 points in the paint.

This story will be updated.

7 comments

  1. I’m in China, missed this one, but once again the stats don’t lie…we hit one more FG…& it was a 3. We won by 3.

    Kudos to H4H, you called it. Closer than it should’ve been.

    A win is a win.

    Md. will kill us. Then we could go L1 down the stretch. We’ll see….

  2. H$H has been predicting it pretty well all along this season.

    No red tie for Crean this game….a shade of red…more like maroon.

  3. i love that after every victory we can count on awinaz to tell us a win is a win. such valuable insight keeps me coming to this website.

  4. a win IS a win. I like that insight because it places that necessary qualitative analysis in correct perspective.

    I’ve found AwinAZ’s comments to be insightful and the valuable insight of AwinAZ, H$4, and Ben_M (among others) keep me coming to the site. It’s good fun and makes the season more interesting.

    Snotty comments and backbiting amongst the contributors to this site are annoying….get a life coachTV

  5. I meant to write H$H (Havard4Hillibillies), not H$4 (though I sort of like that moniker as well). Truly H4H has been money with the predictions and analysis this season and was the main reason I started checking this site out.

    In fact, everyone who posts to this site is interesting to me. I’ve enjoyed reading it and feel my contributions aren’t the greatest but so what…..I’m not reading to put anyone posting down, including me.

    And I happen to think that we will outscore Maryland, a team who when I watched them here in Bloomington, seemed to not understand how Big Ten basketball is played. I might be wrong, but I think Maryland is going to lose tomorrow.

  6. JeffreyV, if you’re not criticizing Crean or his team, coach v (and a few others) are going make “snotty” comments. They live for that, kind of like the “cool” kids in Junior High who liked to mock others. If you didn’t join them in making fun of other kids, they started their mocking at you. Misery loves company.

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