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Free Throw Trouble Nearly Dooms Michigan Against Indiana

In college basketball, no lead is safe.

Michigan led Indiana by as many as 22 points in the second half, but the Hoosiers didn’t quit and nearly pulled off a gigantic win, eventually losing 73-69 at Crisler Arena.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 26 points for the Wolverines (16-10, 6-7 Big Ten) who won for the fifth time in six games in a late season push to make the NCAA Tournament. But Hardaway, like his team, struggled mightily from the free throw line as Indiana nearly mounted a comeback.

Michigan, which shoots over 70 percent as a team from the line, shot just 19-of-37 on Saturday as Indiana (12-14, 3-10) nearly erased a large deficit.

Darius Morris added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for Michigan, but was just 7-of-13 at the charity stripe. Hardaway was 4-of-9.

Four Hoosiers scored in double digits to led the second-half charge, led by Christian Watford’s 14 points.