BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's biggest problem with Robert Vaden is getting him to shoot.
Vaden scored 17 points, all in the second half, and extended his school record to 12 straight 3-pointers as the 16th-ranked Hoosiers pulled away in the closing minutes to a 70-63 victory over Michigan on Tuesday night.
"When the offense is going bad, or the defense, or something's needed to pick the guys up, whether it's a big rebound, an assist or even score some points. I just try to do whatever I'm needed to do," the sophomore guard said.
He took only one shot in the first half but was 7-of-9 in the second half, boosting his season field goal shooting to 53.8 percent. He also had team highs with six rebounds, four assists and five turnovers.
The Hoosiers (9-2, 1-0 Big Ten) led 54-45 after consecutive 3-pointers by Roderick Wilmont, but two straight baskets by Daniel Horton started a 10-1 run for the Wolverines (10-2, 0-1) that tied the game for the final time with under 6 minutes to go.
Vaden, whose three-game 3-point streak ended midway in the second half, then hit two straight shots from inside the arc to put the Hoosiers on top for good.
"I try to let the offense come to me. I don't try to force anything," he said. "In the first half, I didn't really have any open looks.... I just went out there and tried to be more aggressive, and it worked."
After another basket by Horton, who led Michigan with 20 points, Vaden scored on a reverse layup and had an assist on another layup by Marco Killingsworth. The Hoosiers' final seven points came on a rebound basket by Killingsworth and five free throws.
It was Indiana's ninth consecutive victory over the Wolverines and 20th straight in a Big Ten home opener since a loss to Michigan in 1986.
"I've said Vaden's our best player," Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "His problem is just not being aggressive. He won't take control of the game. That's good in a way because he shares the basketball.... But if we didn't have Robert Vaden in the second half, we lose the game."
Killingsworth finished with 15 points and Wilmont added 12 for Indiana.
Dion Harris had 19 points and Graham Brown had eight points and a career-high 21 rebounds for the Wolverines.
"I was just going out there and doing whatever I could to get a couple extra rebounds for our team, get a couple more offensive possessions," said Brown, whose previous high was 12 rebounds last month against Delaware State.
Indiana came in as the nation's leader in field goal percentage, but Michigan stayed close with a huge advantage in rebounding (42-29) and overcame a seven-point deficit when the Hoosiers' shooting finally cooled.
"I wish it was tougher," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said of the Wolverines' defense against Indiana. "They're very difficult to guard in the post and they've shot the ball extremely well this season.
"Vaden stretches you. He can put it down, he can drive you," Amaker said. "He can do a lot of things with that basketball. He's a big weapon for their team."
In the first half, a 3-pointer by Marshall Strickland capped a 7-2 run for a 24-17 Indiana lead with just under 3 minutes left, but the Hoosiers did not score the rest of the period. A 3-pointer by Harris, a layup by Brown and another basket by Harris after two offensive rebounds for the Wolverines tied the game at 24.
Michigan had a chance to take the lead, but Indiana's Lewis Monroe stole the ball with a second to go to keep the score tied at halftime.
Vaden hit two 3-pointers early in the second half, but Michigan stayed close until Indiana's final run.
"It was definitely two games," Davis said. "In the first half we kind of goofed around a little bit.... We had our typical first conference game jitters. We kind of stood around, our cuts were slow, we held the ball too long."
The Wolverines were without Lester Abram, who hurt his toe in the game against Chicago State last week. Amaker said he was not sure how long Abram, who averages 12.6 points, would be out.
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