Indiana 71, Michigan 65

Jeremiah Rivers’ 3-point play with 1:12 to go broke a 61-61 tie,

and Indiana held on to defeat Michigan 71-65 Thursday.

The Hoosiers (7-6, 1-0 Big Ten) ended a four-game home losing

streak against conference foes and won their first conference

opener on New Year’s Eve since 1938.

Indiana was led by Verdell Jones with 20 points and eight

rebounds. Christian Watford had 19 points.

Zack Novak scored 18 and Stu Douglass 16 for the Wolverines

(6-6, 0-1), who have lost six of nine.

Michigan spent much of the second half in foul trouble, and

trailed for nearly 27 minutes before finally retaking a 56-55 lead

on Novak’s 3-pointer with 3:16 to go.

But the Hoosiers took the lead for good on Rivers’ looping

layup, which drew a fifth foul on DeShawn Sims. The free throw gave

Indiana a 64-61 lead and the Hoosiers never trailed again.