Poole steps up to lift Michigan past Indiana
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Starting Big Ten play a month earlier than most seasons, Michigan needed its inexperienced players to be ready earlier than normal. That made Saturday afternoon’s performance against Indiana particularly encouraging for the Wolverines, with true freshmen playing a major part in a solid 69-55 victory.

Jordan Poole entered the game having seen 36 total minutes on the court in Michigan’s first eight games. It took just 14 seconds for him to enter the Big Ten opener for Charles Matthews though, and the young true freshmen made his presence immediately felt.

The Wolverines stormed out of the gate against the Hoosiers, allowing just two points in the first seven and a half minutes of play, building up a double digit lead during that stretch.

Poole hit two three pointers during that initial run, making five from beyond the arc during the game on his way to a 19-point outing. True freshmen accounted for half of Michigan’s first half points with Eli Brooks starting and Isiah Livers also making an impact.

Moritz Wagner had a strong game with 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman pulled down 11 rebounds and also scored eight points.

The Wolverines led throughout, mostly holding a comfortable advantage, but also overcoming one significant push by the Hoosiers as well. Indiana climbed to within five points in the first five minutes of the second half, but Michigan answered with a quick 8-0 run, never again allowing the visiting team back within striking distance.

The win improves Michigan to 7-2 on the season with another conference matchup approaching at Ohio State on Monday at 6:30 p.m. with television coverage provided by FS1.

Check out postgame video below from the Wolverines win over Indiana.


 

 
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