Hoosiers hold on, edge Wolverines

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Christian Watford scored 25 points, and Verdell Jones broke a late tie with four consecutive points to help lead No. 12 Indiana to beat No. 16 Michigan 73-71 on Thursday night.

Indiana (14-1 2-1 Big Ten) stayed perfect at Assembly Hall and beat a third ranked team this season – its most in one season since 2005-06.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 points for Michigan (12-3, 2-1) while Jordan Morgan added 12.

The Wolverines dropped to 1-2 against ranked teams this season and have lost 14 of their past 15 at Indiana since 1996.

On Thursday, the Wolverines never even led.

But after Hardaway converted a turnover into a dunk to tie the score at 68 with 3:07 to go, Jones broke the tie with four consecutive points. Watford then made 1 of 2 free throws and Zack Novak’s long heave was off the mark.

NO. 25 GONZAGA 73,


In Spokane, Wash., freshman Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points and Gonzaga beat cold-shooting Pepperdine for its 21st consecutive victory over the Waves.

Robert Sacre and Kevin Pangos each scored 11 points for Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference), which has won seven consecutive games since consecutive losses to Illinois and Michigan State.

Jordan Baker scored 10 points to lead Pepperdine (7-7, 1-2).



In Elon, N.C., Eric Ferguson scored 21 points and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds to help rally Georgia Southern to a Southern Conference victory.

The Eagles (5-8, 3-0), who had lost their past 26 road games, trailed 41-27 with 16:07 remaining.

Led by Ben Drayton and Ferguson, Georgia Southern outscored the Phoenix (7-6, 2-1) 29-14 over the next 11:35.

Drayton, who scored 11 of his 17 points during the run, cut Elon’s lead to 55-54 with consecutive baskets. Ferguson’s jumper gave Georgia Southern a 56-55 lead with 4:32 remaining.

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