February 17, 2007

Michigan gets key win over No. 24 Indiana

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -Dion Harris had 16 points and Jerret Smith made up for a key turnover with a pair of late free throws as Michigan beat No. 24 Indiana 58-55 on Saturday.

The Wolverines (18-9, 6-6 Big Ten) helped their NCAA tournament prospects, while the Hoosiers (17-8, 7-5) were playing without injured point guard Earl Callaway.

Indiana took its first lead of the game, 47-46, on two free throws by Mike White with 5:01 left.

Michigan scored on its next two possessions, including Harris' 3-pointer, but two baskets by White left the game tied at 51. White, who didn't score in the game's first 32 minutes, had nine in the next five minutes.

The junior, though, missed a pair of free throws on Indiana's next possession, then was called for a charge.

That let Michigan take a one-point lead, and Smith drove past White to make it 54-51 with 1:26 left.

Armon Bassett missed a 3-pointer, and Courtney Sims gave Michigan a five-point lead with two free throws.

Roderick Wilmont cut the margin to 56-53 from the line, and Smith's turnover let White make it a one-point game with 20 seconds to go.

Smith's free throws gave Michigan a 58-55 lead, and Bassett missed a 3-pointer. Indiana's Lance Stemler grabbed the rebound with two seconds left, but inexplicably passed the ball as time expired.

Courtney Sims had 13 points for Michigan and Smith added 12.

White led Indiana with a career-high 11, while Wilmont and Errek Suhr had 10 each.

Wolverines coach Tommy Amaker juggled his starting lineup, going with freshman Ekpe Udoh and Smith, a sophomore, over Ron Coleman and Sims. The move paid off with a quick 11-2 lead.

Indiana closed to within 13-11 before hitting just three shots in the final 12 minutes of the half. That let the Wolverines pull out to a seven-point advantage at the intermission, as they held the Hoosiers to 26.9 percent shooting and a season-low 18 first-half points.

Two 3-pointers by A.J. Ratliff kept Indiana in the game, and the Hoosiers pulled within 42-41 on White's layup with seven minutes left.

For more coverage of Michigan, visit TheWolverine.com; for more on Indiana, visit Peegs.com.


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