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,

PEPPERDINE 45

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).

GEORGIA SOUTHERN 69,

ELON 63

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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