Score: Michigan 64, Iowa 49
Records: U-M (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten), Iowa (11-6, 2-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Jan. 14 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 7:30 p.m. CST
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team overpowered Iowa, 64-49, Sunday afternoon (Jan. 11) at Crisler Arena, giving the Wolverines their third consecutive Big Ten Conference victory. U-M excelled on both sides of the ball from the opening whistle, scoring the game's first five points and never trailing during the entirety of the contest.
Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) led the Wolverines in scoring for the ninth time this season and 30th time of his career, earning game highs with 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and tying a career-best with four steals. Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) also reached double-digit scoring, posting 16 points, four rebounds and two steals.
On its way to a 32-16 halftime lead, U-M shot 52 percent from the field, including 50 percent from behind the arc, and only allowed Iowa to convert 6-of-22 attempts (27.3 percent) from the floor. Michigan also boasted the game's top three scorers entering the break as Harris, Sims and sophomore/freshman guard Laval Lucas-Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic HS) collected 11, eight and six points, respectively.
The Wolverines built an 11-point advantage, 15-4, during the first eight minutes of regulation, using a 10-0 run powered by Harris and Lucas-Perry. During the stretch, both Harris and Lucas-Perry drained a triple and an inside bucket, with Lucas-Perry pushing a steal down court for a one-handed jam.
Both squads swapped buckets for the majority of the second half, but Michigan extended its lead to as many as 28 points following two runs, registering eight and seven unanswered points to gain a 59-31 advantage. In the final five minutes, Iowa netted 11 consecutive points to cut the deficit to 15 points, 61-46, but the late charge was not enough to significantly damage the Wolverines' substantial lead.
Sophomore guard Kelvin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) and freshman guard Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./ Chesterton HS) each contributed five points in the second half, giving Grady eight in the contest.
The Maize and Blue returns to the hardwood this Wednesday (Jan. 14) when the team travels to Illinois to face the Illini at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423