Indiana 61, Michigan 56
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)—Marshall Strickland scored a career-high 21 points and hit four 3-pointers in the second half Wednesday night to lead Indiana past Michigan 61-56.
The Hoosiers (13-13, 7-8 Big Ten) snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory they desperately needed to keep their postseason hopes alive. Indiana also snapped a four-game home losing streak, its longest at Assembly Hall since 1984-85.
Michigan (16-10, 7-8) was led by Lester Abram and Courtney Sims, who each had 13 points, but it was not enough to avoid a sixth straight loss to Indiana.
The lead went back-and-forth most of the game with neither team leading by more than six points.
But the Hoosiers pulled out of a 47-44 deficit with back-to-back 3-pointers from Bracey Wright and Strickland midway through the second half. The Hoosiers never trailed again. Wright finished with 14 points.
After Michigan’s Bernard Robinson Jr. hit a 5-footer, his only basket of the game, to tie the score at 56, Strickland answered with two free throws with 1:17 left. That gave Indiana a lead it never relinquished.
The Hoosiers sealed the win with two George Leach free throws with 1.5 seconds left.