Jan. 22, 2014
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U-M Players: Nik Stauskas | Jordan Morgan | Spike Albrecht
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #21 Michigan 75, #10 Iowa 67
Records: U-M (14-4, 6-0 Big Ten), Iowa (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 25 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7 p.m.
Postgame Feature: Albrecht No Stranger to Stepping Up for Wolverines
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) tied his career high with 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting as the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 21 AP, No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) upset Iowa (No. 10 AP, No. 10 ESPN/USA Today), 75-67, in front of a sellout crowd Wednesday night (Jan. 22) at Crisler Center. U-M took the lead for good at 3:08 of the first on the way to victory, which is Michigan's second straight against a top-10 ranked opponent and again keeps U-M atop the Big Ten standings at 6-0.
Stauskas scored at least 20 points for the third straight game, and the total is the most he has scored in that stretch. Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) tallied 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) contributed 12 points and seven boards. Freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) chipped in 11 points, and sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) scored seven points and dished out a career-high seven assists in his first career start.
Down 14-9 early, Robinson laid in an alley-oop to bring U-M within three points, and seconds later Irvin hit a three in transition to tie the game. Iowa then gained a five-point lead with 9:53 left before the half, but Michigan responded with a 9-0 run as Morgan dunked one, Stauskas hit a triple, and Robinson converted two layups, putting the Wolverines ahead 25-21 with 7:11 left in the half.
The Hawkeyes regained the lead with 4:11 left before the half, but the Wolverines scored six straight to control a 36-31 advantage with two minutes remaining before the break. Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) had a fast-break dunk and connected on the front end of a one-and-one, before Stauskas made an old-fashioned three-point play.
The back-and-forth first half -- which ended with U-M up, 38-34 -- featured seven ties and six lead changes.
Stauskas hit from downtown to open the second frame, and when the Hawkeyes brought the score back to 43-41, the Wolverines answered with two straight fast-break layups to push their lead to 47-41.
After an Iowa basket, Michigan used a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 54-43 with 14:05 left. Stauskas nailed another triple, before Robinson threw down a monster slam. Albrecht then stole Iowa's inbound pass and hit a jumper to give U-M its largest lead of the night.
Iowa brought the score back to 56-51 with 10:25 left in the game, but the Maize and Blue promptly scored six unanswered points, including five straight from Irvin as he hit a three and made a fast-break layup immediately after. This tied Michigan's largest lead at 62-51.
Aaron White then scored nine straight points for the Hawkeyes, as his dunk brought them within four points of the lead at 64-60 with 5:21 left in the game. Three minutes later, another White dunk cut their deficit to 67-64; but Michigan went back up by five after an Albrecht-to-Robinson alley-oop made the score 69-64 with 2:05 remaining in the contest, and Iowa got no closer.
Michigan shot 27-of-58 (47 percent) on the night while going 8-of-27 (30 percent) from long distance. Iowa shot a similar 25-of-53 (47 percent) from the floor but hit only two of its 10 attempts (20 percent) on three-pointers. White and Melsahn Basabe led the Hawkeyes with 17 points apiece, with White scoring 16 in the second half and Basabe scoring 15 in the first.
The Wolverines travel to East Lansing this Saturday night (Jan. 25) to play No. 3 Michigan State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
|Spike Albrecht||Glenn Robinson III|
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