Michigan basketball suffers from familiar feeling, 75-73 overtime loss at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Michigan basketball looked well on his way to a much-needed win.

The Wolverines trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half before going on a 39-13 run to take a 12-point lead midway through the second half. The congress hall was silent.

Then, Trayce Jackson-Davis it happened.

The third all-time scorer in Indiana history and the program’s all-time rebounding leader had 27 points and nine rebounds in his final home game to lead the Hoosiers to a 75-73 overtime victory.

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Jalen Hood-Schifino hit a 3-pointer with 1:00 left in regulation to tie the game at 69. Hunter Dickinson missed a last-second 3-pointer for UM, and Jackson-Davis missed a half-court shot for the Hoosiers as time expired before overtime.

Indiana scored the first six points of the extra frame to take a 75-69 lead when Miller Kopp hit a layup with 2:21 remaining. Dickinson answered with a long ball of his own, and Jackson-Davis missed a turnover with 30 seconds left, giving Michigan another offensive set.

Bufkin fed the ball to Dickinson in the post for a quick two, but the Hoosiers fumbled him. Thompson missed two free throws to give Michigan one last gasp, when the Hoosiers opted to foul Dug McDaniel instead of letting him make a 3-pointer.

The champion made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second, but Thompson managed to deflect the ball. However, the senior, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, again missed both free throws to give Michigan one last hope.

The Wolverines brought the ball down the field and Bufkin tried to pass to Dickinson who was not ready for the ball and it rolled as time expired.

Dickinson finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, Bufkin added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Jett Howard added 16.

With the loss, Michigan (17-14, 11-9 Big Ten) will finish tied for fifth in the Big Ten Conference and, depending on Northwestern’s outcome at Rutgers, will be a 5-seed or 8-seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

If Rutgers wins, UM is fifth and will play the winner of the Wisconsin-Ohio State game a day earlier at approximately 2:30 PM EST on Thursday. If Northwestern wins, UM is eighth and will play Rutgers at noon.

Bad start

Jett Howard hit a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession, and then Michigan went cold from the field.

The Wolverines made just one of their next eight shots, when Dickinson finished with a layup over Jackson-Davis to end Indiana’s 7-0 spurt to make it 7-5. After the Hoosiers extended their lead to 13-6 on back-to-back layups by Jalen Hood-Schifino, Dickinson and Dug McDaniel hit back-to-back floaters for UM to get within 13-10.

They failed to make a field goal for the next seven minutes, and the Hoosiers went on a 10-0 run.

Malik Reneau hit a floater, Jackson-Davis and Thompson made back-to-back buckets and Jackson-Davis made a turnover over Dickinson and then a layup under him to make it 12. Bufka’s jumper stopped the bleeding momentarily, but IU scored four back-to-back scores for a 27-13 lead with 4:32 left in the half.

Impressively close to halfway

The game turned when Tarris Reed got an offensive rebound with 4:07 to play that led to Bufkin’s dunk.

A 14-2 run to close the half began for the Wolverines where they hit their final six shots of the half. Bufkin followed with a mid-range jumper on the next possession and after a layup, Dickinson hit a floater in the lane, his first points (and shot attempt) in more than 10 minutes.

The young big man buried a 3-pointer on the next trip, then made an and-1 layup and cashed in a free throw to make it eight straight points. The Hoosiers tried to keep the ball for the final drive of the half, but committed a turnover with just over 10 seconds left in the game and Dickinson found Howard streaking down the court for a layup dunk to make it 29-27 at the break.

They continue where they left off

A quick trip to the locker room didn’t cool Michigan down at all.

Bufkin hit a mid-range jumper to tie the game on UM’s first possession of the half. The next time, McDaniel passed Howard the ball for a transition three. After TJD tied the score on an And-1 layup, Bufkin and Howard hit another pair of 3-pointers around Race Thompson’s bucket to make it 38-34.

Bufkin missed a long ball on the next possession, ending UM’s 10-game field goal streak, but Will Tschetter got an offensive rebound and was fouled on the comeback attempt. He made both free throws before Dickinson added a dunk with 16:37 to play to give Michigan a 42-34 lead.

After a Howard miss, Dickinson connected on a layup before Howard and McDaniel hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Michigan its biggest 52-40 lead of the game with 13:42 left.

In all, Michigan went on a 39-13 run over 10:50 of the game. The Wolverines made 14 of 16 shots during the streak and scored at least two points on 15 possessions.

HOosiers would answer from there. Jackson-Davis scored six of the next eight to get the team back within seven. After a McDaniel 3 put UM up 59-49, Indiana went on a 10-1 push to get within one.

It took its first lead since halftime when Jackson-Davis scored on a turnover with less than two minutes remaining.

This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: Michigan basketball lost in overtime to Indiana, 75-73

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