Indiana 99, No. 16 Michigan 83
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ Even Bob Knight, that old master of defense, loved this offensive show.
Led by Brian Evans with 29 points and Neil Reed with eight 3-pointers and a career-high 26 points, Indiana pulled away in the second half and beat No. 16 Michigan 99-83 Tuesday night.
The Hoosiers shot 74 percent in the final period and 63 percent for the game.
``We just had an offensive game tonight that was kind of like old times,″ Knight said. ``We haven’t had that kind of shooting percentage for a long time, and we’ve had good teams. We’ve shot in the 60s, at least sporadically, over the course of a season. But this might be the first time in three years that we’ve done that.
``That’s always been a mark of good teams,″ he said.
Indiana (11-7, 4-2 Big Ten) led only 46-43 at halftime, but built it to 91-79 on Reed’s eighth 3-pointer with four minutes to go. He tied a school record shared by Steve Alford and Jay Edwards, and the Hoosiers’ 12 3-pointers overall was one better than the previous record of 11 set against Wisconsin in 1987.
``Coach really stressed getting out strong. We wanted to try to make a defensive impression. We didn’t do that well in the first half, but the second half, I think we did,″ said Reed.
It was Indiana’s first game since Knight kicked sophomore guard Sherron Wilkerson off the team, following Wilkerson’s arrest Friday on a misdemeanor charge of battering his girlfriend. That left only four guards on the roster, and Reed played all 40 minutes. Wilkerson’s replacement, Charlie Miller, played 38 minutes and had 8 points and 5 assists.
``Everybody did a real good job,″ Reed said. ``I’m not sure everyone was really thinking about the Sherron deal. We’ve had a lot of things happen around here. That’s just another thing. So, we’ve got a game, so let’s go play. That’s all there is.″
Michigan (14-5, 4-2), which stayed close most of the game behind freshman Louis Bullock’s seven 3-pointers and career-high 27 points, didn’t come closer than 10 points after that.
The final score was the biggest margin.
Evans, who hit all seven of his field goal attempts in the second half, added 11 assists and 8 rebounds. Todd Lindeman had 17 points, 14 after the break, as the Hoosiers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wolverines and avenged a defeat that ended their 50-game home winning streak last year.
``When you shoot the way they did from the perimeter, it opens up inside stuff, and they did both tonight,″ Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. ``They had great balance of outside scoring from Evans and Reed, and when we ran and chased after them it opened up Lindeman inside.
``They played outstanding. It was more of them playing exceptionally well than us not playing well. We had some things that we have to do better. I believe we got frustrated when all the physicalness occurred inside, and we were reactors. We tell them, `You have to act and make your opponent react to you.′ We were the people reacting tonight.″
The early part of the game was a 3-point duel between Reed and Bullock, and each topped his previous career high of four by making five in the first half alone.
There were 11 lead changes and six ties in the opening period.
Two straight baskets by Maceo Baston gave the Wolverines their biggest lead at 36-29, but baskets by Haris Mujezinovic and Reed and Reed’s third 3-pointer tied the game with 3:32 left in the opening period. Bullock countered with his fifth 3-pointer seconds later.
Reed’s next 3-pointer tied the game at 41, and the final tie was at 43-43 before Reed’s fifth 3-pointer with 25 seconds left. Bullock, who hit his first five 3-point attempts, finally missed with 3 seconds to go, leaving Indiana’s lead 46-43 at the half.
Michigan came within 69-67 with 11 minutes to go before Evans went to work inside. He scored on a fast-break slam, added a tip-in basket and started a six-point streak that put the Hoosiers up 79-70.
Reed, whose previous career high was 23 points against Evansville last year, had two more 3-pointers after that as the Hoosiers continued to widen their lead.