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Hoosiers clutch from line in win

Indiana got Michigan into the bonus early in the second half of Thursday's Big Ten opener. And the Hoosiers made them pay for it late.

IU made its final seven free throws to defeat the Wolverines 71-65.

Jordan Hulls went 6 for 6 in the final 28 seconds. Verdell Jones also made one. But the biggest free throw came from Jeremiah Rivers.

The junior guard made a circus shot while getting fouled with 1:12 to go, breaking a 61-tie. He made the free throw, giving IU some breathing room. Rivers had missed a pair of free throws with 37 seconds that would have tied the Dec. 22 game against Loyola of Maryland, a game the Hoosiers eventually lost 72-67.

"I thought we had very good poise under pressure," IU coach Tom Crean said. "We had one turnover in the last 28 minutes of the game. We were going to have to play with great toughness, we were going to have to have conditioning and tremendous intelligence. And for the most part, we did that."

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