U-M Comes Up Short in OT at Iowa in B1G Lidlifter

Jan. 1, 2017

What You Need to Know
» In the first overtime game for both teams, it was close wire to wire as neither team led by more than seven points in 45 minutes of play.
» Overall, there were 11 lead changes, and the game was tied on eight different occasions in Michigan's Big Ten opener.
» D.J. Wilson posted his third career double-double, recording a career-high 28 points and 14 rebounds, surpassing his previous career best of 16 points with 19 point in the first half alone.
» Duncan Robinson (15), Derrick Walton Jr. (13), Zak Irvin (12) and Moritz Wagner (12) joined Wilson in double-figure scoring.

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Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: Iowa 86, Michigan 83 (OT)
Records: U-M (10-4, 0-1 B1G), Iowa (9-6, 1-1 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Jan. 4 -- vs. Penn State (Crisler Center), 8:30 p.m. [ TV: BTN ]

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In the first overtime game of the season for the Wolverines and Hawkeyes, the University of Michigan men's basketball team fell just short at Iowa, 86-83, in U-M's Big Ten Conference opener on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 1) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

D.J. Wilson led five Wolverines in double-figure scoring with his third career double-double, as he recorded a career-high 28 points and matched a career best with 14 rebounds in 44 minutes on the floor. Wilson shot 11-for-18 from the field, including 4-for-8 from behind the arc. Duncan Robinson (15), Derrick Walton Jr. (13), Moritz Wagner (12), and Zak Irvin (12) all joined Wilson in double-figure scoring. Wilson and Irvin each dished out a six assists, helping Michigan record its third-highest assist total of the season, assisting on 21 of 34 made field goals.

After trailing for the final 16 minutes of the first half, including a three-point deficit at the break, Michigan scored the first four points of the second half to regain the lead for the first time since early in the first half.

Iowa regained the lead, 49-44, with 15:22 to play, before the Wolverines went on an 8-0 run, which was capped by triples from Walton and Irvin, to take a 52-49 advantage at 13:57. By the 9:46 mark, Michigan gained its largest lead of the game, 63-56, when Iowa scored seven unanswered points to tie the game at 63. A bucket by Irvin and Wilson's fourth three-pointer of the afternoon broke up the run. The Hawkeyes then scored six straight points to briefly grab the lead, before Robinson and Iowa's Jordan Bohannon traded threes to make it 72-71 Iowa with 1:58 left.

Irvin hit a clutch three with 29 seconds left to give U-M a two-point lead, but Iowa scored with 16 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

In extra time, Walton had seven of Michigan's nine points, including a steal and a layup on the other end to bring the Wolverines within one, 84-83, with 21 seconds left. Michigan was forced to foul Iowa's Peter Jok with 21 seconds left and he knocked down both free throws to give the Hawkeyes a three-point lead. On Michigan's last possession, Wilson missed a long three, and Irvin grabbed the offensive rebound but could not get off a shot.

Wilson helped Michigan keep it close throughout the entire first half, scoring a career-high 19 points in the first 20 minutes alone, missing just two shots on a 7-for-9 effort, including 3-for-4 from long range. Wagner opened all scoring in the game, and then Wilson scored U-M's next 11 points to bring the Wolverines within one point of the Hawkeyes, 14-13, with 14:15 left in the opening half. During the stretch, Iowa took the lead at 15:57 and held on to it for the remainder of the half.

The Hawkeyes led by as much as seven points at 7:34. Wilson once again went on his own run, scoring eight straight points for the Maize and Blue to make it 31-28 Iowa with 4:24 on the clock. Down the stretch, Robinson scored five points, and Walton got hit first points of the game on a three-pointer to make it a three-point game in favor of Iowa at the break, 39-36.

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The Wolverines will now return to Ann Arbor seeking their first Big Ten victory when they host Penn State on Wednesday (Jan. 4) at 8:30 p.m. at Crisler Center. The game can be seen live on BTN. [ Tickets ]

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