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
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
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.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.