BLOOMINGTON – Michigan earned its first true road victory in over a year and its first victory at Indiana’s Assembly Hall since 2009 on Sunday, defeating the Hoosiers by a score of 75-63.
Senior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. continued his impressive run of excellent form against the Hoosiers, scoring 25 points while notching 5 rebounds and 4 assists on the day. The veteran play maker was there for the Wolverines when it counted, converting tough shot after tough shot.
Early on, Michigan was aggressive on offense and smart on defense. Only going back and forth with the Hoosiers for the opening minutes, the Wolverines established themselves early in the first half while taking a lead that they would never again relinquish throughout the remainder of the contest.
As previously mentioned, Walton Jr. was masterful once again, leading the team alongside solid performances from emerging big men DJ Wilson and Moritz Wagner.
Wilson was all over the floor, attacking the basket, while nailing mid-range jump shots and being an anchor on the defensive end for the Wolverines. Wagner meanwhile notched his first career double-double at Michigan, finishing with 11 points and 10 total rebounds.
With the help of a poor Hoosier offense, the Wolverines took a 10 point lead at the half and never looked back. Though the game remained somewhat close throughout, Michigan was never at risk at letting Indiana take the lead.
Michigan still sits firmly on the bubble, but their tournament hopes are now back on track. The Wolverines will return to action on Thursday against the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers in Ann Arbor.