Ann Arbor — It had an eerily familiar feel.
Michigan was rocking and rolling at both ends of the court, jumping out to a quick double-digit lead in the opening stages against Indiana.
But unlike in last year’s contest when the Hoosiers used a 25-0 blitz to run Michigan out of its own building before halftime, the Wolverines flipped the script.
Fueled by perhaps its best start of the season, Michigan turned in a dominant complete-game performance and ended Indiana’s three-game winning streak with a resounding, 90-60 victory Thursday night at Crisler Center.
Derrick Walton Jr. finished with 21 points (7-for-8 shooting) and five assists to power the Wolverines (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten), who shot a blistering 63.3 percent (31-for-49) from the field.
Moritz Wagner added 14 points, Duncan Robinson had 13, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zak Irvin scored 12 each, and D.J. Wilson added 11.
"The breaks went our way an awful lot," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "The ball went in, the ball bounced our way. A lot of good things happened for us and we fed off of it. I just love the way we played wire-to-wire a really good game."
After a hot-shooting first half that culminated in a 50-35 halftime lead, Abdur-Rahkman kept the offense churning with a desperation 3-pointer late in the shot clock and a pair of free throws to push it to 55-37 roughly 90 seconds into the second half.
Abdur-Rahkman hit another 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 run and signal the rout was on. Wilson followed with a 3-pointer and Irvin finished it with a layup to make it 67-42 with 13:15 left.
Michigan coach talks about team's performance and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman's defense on James Blackmon Jr. in Thursday's 90-60 win.
Michigan continued to pile it on with a 6-0 spurt on two Robinson jumpers and a pair of Walton free throws to put the game well out of reach at 73-45 at the 9:34 mark.
Wilson, Irvin and Walton provided the finishing touches with two free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup for a decisive 86-51 advantage with 3:50 to play.
Michigan emptied the bench with 3:21 remaining and Indiana (14-7, 4-4) trailed by at least 30 points the rest of the way.
“I think we're playing consistent right now as a team,” Irvin said. “I think we did that for a full 40 minutes and if we do that, we're going to be a dangerous team.”
Michigan proved that right from the tip as it came out firing on all cylinders to grab an 18-4 lead with 12:52 left in the first half.
Wagner got things going by scoring Michigan’s first six points on two layups and a tip-in off Wilson’s missed layup.
After James Blackmon Jr. (four points, 2-for-3 shooting) knocked down a jumper to make it 8-4, Michigan scored the next 10 points. Wagner started it with a floater before Abdur-Rahkman stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled on a shot attempt.
Senior forward talks about team's dominant performance in Thursday's 90-60 rout.
Abdur-Rahkman split the free throws and Michigan corralled the offensive rebound, which led to an Irvin 3-pointer. Wilson added a mid-range jumper and Walton capped it with a fast-break layup.
“It was a good feeling. I'm just proud of how hard we fought,” Irvin said. “We played really well and we really set the tone. That's what we wanted do the first four minutes on the defensive end and we did that. We jumped on them pretty quick and we played well from there on out.”
Michigan continued the offensive onslaught as Robinson knocked down two 3-pointers and Mark Donnal drained another deep ball as the lead swelled to 32-13 at the 8:41 mark.
Indiana began to show signs of life and cut into the deficit, using a 10-3 run with seven points by Thomas Bryant (13 points) — a 3-pointer and two jumpers — to make it 35-23 two minutes later.
But Michigan kept pounding and pushed its lead to 48-29 behind a Walton three-point play, a Wagner layup and another Robinson 3-pointer with 2:14 left en route to a 15-point halftime advantage that only continued to grow.
“We came out with a bad taste in our mouth from last year and how it went,” Irvin said. “We jumped out on them last year just like that and they went on their crazy run. We just wanted to keep our foot on the gas and we did that tonight.”