Derrick Walton Jr. leads Michigan Wolverines to rare men's basketball win at Indiana, 75-63
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Derrick Walton Jr. scored 25 points and Moritz Wagner had 11 points and 10 rebounds Sunday to lead Michigan past Indiana 75-63.
The Wolverines (16-9, 6-6 Big Ten) won their second straight and just their 14th all-time in Bloomington.
De’Ron Davis finished with 13 points to lead the Hoosiers (15-11, 5-7). Josh Newkirk and Juwan Morgan each had 11 for Indiana, which has lost three in a row.
The Hoosiers never really had a chance, though. They trailed the entire game and only made one serious challenge after trailing 35-25 at halftime — when James Blackmon Jr.’s 3-pointer with 13:38 to go got Indiana within 41-35.
But Michigan answered by making its next seven shots to make it 56-43 with 8:29 left, and Indiana couldn’t get closer than eight the rest of the way.
The Hoosiers struggled right from the start, giving up the first five points of the game and then allowing Michigan to seize control with first-half spurts of 8-2 and 10-2. Indiana missed its first nine 3-pionters, too.
D.J. Wilson added 13 points for Michigan as Walton topped the 20-point mark for the fifth consecutive game — Michigan’s longest streak since Nik Stauskas also did it in five straight games during 2013-14.
Michigan: Sunday’s win could be a major step for the Wolverines. With a logjam of teams right around the .500 mark in league play, Michigan jumped from ninth into a tie for sixth, one game behind fifth-place Michigan State.
Indiana: The struggling Hoosiers face a bleak predicament. They’ve lost five of their last six, are three games under .500 in league play and have only one home game left on the schedule. And they’ve still got a lot of work to do to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan: Will try to avoid a season sweep when it hosts No. 7 Wisconsin on Thursday.
Indiana: Travels to Minnesota on Wednesday for the start of a five-game stretch that includes four road games.