Michigan 49

(14-9, 7-3 Big Ten)

Indiana 63

(15-8, 5-5 Big Ten)

    7:00 PM ET, February 12, 2003

    Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana

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    MICH 18 3149
    IND 32 3163

    Indiana hands Michigan another Big Ten road loss

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Bracey Wright scored 21 points and Jeff Newton added 20 points and 10 rebounds as Indiana snapped a five-game losing streak with a 63-49 win over Michigan Wednesday night.

    The Hoosiers (15-8, 5-5 Big Ten) were in their worst skid since the 1971-72 season -- the last time they lost five straight -- and a possible NCAA Tournament berth appeared to be slipping away.

    Coach Mike Davis decided enough was enough, and it was time for a change in the starting lineup. He inserted freshman Marshall Strickland at point guard, slid Tom Coverdale over to shooting guard and benched Kyle Hornsby.

    Michigan, which entered tied for first in the Big Ten, has all three conference losses on the road. Daniel Horton led the Wolverines (14-9, 7-3) with 16 points.

    Wright, whose torrid start was derailed by an injury, appears to be back in the groove. After scoring 20 points in a loss to Michigan State, Wright followed with a 7-for-12 effort from the floor.

    He scored five points to open the second half, and Newton added a basket for a 39-20 lead, Indiana's largest of the game.

    The Wolverines went on an 14-3 run, capped by Lester Abram's 3-pointer, and pulled to 42-34. It wouldn't be their last run, but they couldn't sustain them enough to mount a serious challenge.

    Wright and Newton followed with consecutive three-point plays for a 48-34 lead, only to have Michigan pull within 10 twice more with 6:15 remaining.

    The Hoosiers finally put them away for good in the closing minutes. Newton scored five points as part of a game-ending 17-5 run.

    The Hoosiers outrebounded the Wolverines by eight in the first half which led to a 15-2 edge in second-chance points. They led 32-18 at halftime.

    Strickland scored six points in his second career start. Hornsby, who played fewer than 20 minutes only twice this season, was scoreless in 14 minutes.

    The problems aren't necessarily over for Indiana, however. The Hoosiers play their next games on the road -- at Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. They're 0-4 on the road in Big Ten games and haven't won away from Assembly Hall since Dec. 31.

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