BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Guard Yogi Ferrell’s hot shooting hand helped Indiana upset No. 10 Michigan 63-52 Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall.
Ferrell made seven of eight 3-pointers, a new career high, and finished with 27 points. He was eight for 10 from the field overall.
The students did not rush the court, but left chanting, “Yo-gi Ferr-ell.”
It is the second top-10 team the Hoosiers have knocked off in Assembly Hall this season, beating then-No. 3 Wisconsin on Jan. 14.
The loss is Michigan’s first in Big Ten play, and it snaps their 10-game winning streak, the second longest streak in coach John Beilein’s era. It is the Wolverines’ first loss since Dec. 14 when they lost 72-70 to No. 1 Arizona.
Michigan’s last lead came with 8:42 in the first half. Indiana led the rest of the way, but the game was tied three more times.
With a 61-52 lead with under 20 seconds to go, forward Noah Vonleh dunked a tip-in off a missed free throw by guard Evan Gordon to put the exclamation mark on the victory for the Hoosiers.
Ferrell broke a 29-29 tie early in the second half with a 3 off an offensive rebound. Almost four minutes later, Ferrell brought Hoosier fans to their feet as the arena reached deafening levels of noise with his made layup that came off an offensive rebound. The basket gave the Hoosiers a 37-31 lead with 12:35 to go.
Indiana (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten), one of the better rebounding teams in the Big Ten, finished with 31 rebounds, nine of which came at the offensive end. The Hoosiers had nine second-chance points.
It was Ferrell’s made 3 two possessions later that forced Beilein to call a timeout as IU took a 40-33 lead with 11:27 to go. Ferrell left his wrist extended for a bit after making the shot.
Before attempting two free throws at the 9:57 mark, the crowd in Bloomington chanted, “Yo-gi Ferr-ell.”
Michigan (16-5, 8-1) only got to within four down the stretch.
Guard Derrick Walton Jr. finished with 13 points to lead the Wolverines. Guard Caris LeVert added 12 points.
At halftime, the Hoosiers clung to a 25-22 lead.
Two times in that half, Ferrell managed to drain desperation 3-pointers as the shot clock fell under five ticks and he had the ball out on the perimeter. The second time he did it, with 1:17 left to play in the first half, he gave IU a 25-22 lead.
Ferrell accounted for nearly half of the Hoosiers’ offense in that half, going for 12 points. Only four other Indiana players scored, and none of them managed more than four points.
All of Ferrell’s field goals came from beyond the 3-point line, and he never attempted a shot from inside that line, going four for five in the first half.
The Hoosiers managed to limit Michigan leading scorer, guard Nik Stauskas, to just four points in the half.
NOTES: Indiana F Noah Vonleh finished with a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. It is his third double-double of Big Ten play. … G Nik Stauskas finished with just six points, his second-lowest total of the season behind his four points he scored at Duke on Dec. 3. … Indiana’s 2013 Mr. Basketball, G Zak Irvin, finished with seven points on three-for-six shooting in his first career game against his home state Hoosiers. … Only six players scored more than one point for Indiana. … The Hoosiers, who have averaged 15.5 turnovers per game entering Sunday, finished with 13 turnovers. … Michigan entered the game averaging 49 percent field-goal shooting, but shot only 40 percent on Sunday. The Wolverines also only shot three-for-13 from 3-point land and came in averaging 8.5 makes per game.
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