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#1/1 Indiana 87, North Dakota State 61
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.(AP) – Cody Zeller, Remy Abell and Jeremy Hollowell turned the game with a second-half run that allowed No. 1 Indiana to pull away to an 87-61 victory over pesky North Dakota State in the first round of the Progressive Legends Classic.
The Bison (1-1) were content to challenge every shot Indiana shot took -- regardless of the cost. It took a toll, too. When the Hoosiers couldn't get their up-tempo, inside-out game in sync, the offense sank. The grind-it-out style made Indiana look like, well, ordinary.
Before Monday night's game, Tom Crean warned his players not to overlook the Bison. It didn't exactly reverberate until halftime when they were holding a 42-29 lead.
Abell, a sophomore, made all five of his shots including three 3-pointers to finish with a career-high 14 points. Hollowell, a freshman, scored 14 points in 19 minutes, and freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell was a defensive beast.
It was exactly what Indiana needed to get things righted against a team with something to prove.
"We had some fight in us, but we expect to have fight in us," Bison coach Saul Phillips said. "It's amazing to me, they just kept coming at us in waves. Eventually, they leaned at us and a leg went out."
The Bison were led by Marshall Bjorklund with 16 points and Mike Felt with 11, and they hung around long enough to cause some consternation inside sold-out Assembly Hall. Felt's 3-pointer with 15:55 to play cut Indiana's lead to 48-38.
#5/5 Michigan 91, IUPUI 54
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - For a second straight game, No. 5 Michigan won behind torrid outside shooting. Trey Burke scored 22 points and Robinson added 21, leading the Wolverines to a 91-54 victory over IUPUI on Monday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Burke equaled a career high with nine assists and Robinson made his first eight shots from the field. Michigan (2-0) has been a model of efficiency on offense so far this season. The Wolverines shot 60 percent from the field and went 13 of 21 from 3-point range against IUPUI.
After Jordan Morgan tipped a pass near midcourt and went in for a dunk and a 31-25 lead, Michigan was shooting 79 percent from the field. It was 45-31 at halftime, with Michigan at 65 percent from the field and 7 of 10 from beyond the arc.
"We weren't shocked that they made those," IUPUI coach Todd Howard said. "We were surprised at the streak that they got on, because a lot of them were challenged. A lot of them were just tough shots, honestly. That's how they play, and when they're hitting those, you'll see that all year from them."
Purdue transfer John Hart scored 15 points for IUPUI (1-1).
Nik Stauskas scored 11 points for Michigan, and Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 10 each. The Wolverines are 25 for 40 from 3-point range through two games.
Glenn Robinson, Jr., made all six of his attempts from the field in the first half, then began the second with a 3-pointer from the right corner. The Wolverines opened the half with seven straight points to make it 52-31.
Robinson's dunk off a backdoor pass from Morgan made it 57-42, and Hardaway followed by driving down the middle for a dunk before the IUPUI defenders had a chance to get completely turned around.