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The Hoosiers had no choice on a treacherous night.
Indiana led by as many as 15 points late in the first half and seemed poised for a blowout until the Wolverines rallied within seven points at halftime. Michigan trimmed the lead to 44-43 early in the second half, and finally tied the score at 46 when Evan Smotrycz connected on a 3-pointer.
Watford, of course, broke the tie with two free throws, and Zeller posted up for a layup to make it 50-46.
When the Hoosiers followed that with a 12-4 run that ended on Victor Oladipo's baseline drive for a dunk, the Hoosiers led 65-55 with 7:20 to go, and it looked like Indiana would pull away.
Not so fast.
"I thought we really hung in there," Beilein said. "This place gets rocking-and-rolling just like a lot of places in this league, and I thought we handled that. It came with our defense and we didn't allow them a lot of second opportunities."
Michigan took advantage, too.
Burke and Hardaway keyed the late run, finally tying it when Hardaway converted a turnover into a breakaway dunk.
But Indiana's defense didn't crack. Jones broke the tie with two free throws 12 seconds after Hardaway's basket, then hit a 15-foot jumper with 25 seconds left to give the Hoosiers a 72-68 lead.
After Douglass' 3, the Wolverines fouled Watford, who missed the first, hit the second and then watched nervously as Novak's desperation bounced away.
"The bottom line is this team gritted it out again," Crean said. "They have won 14 games 14 different ways with a lot of room for improvement, and I'm excited about them."
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