Morris Posts Triple-Double, Michigan Thumps Iowa

Jan. 30, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 87, Iowa 73
Records: U-M (13-9, 3-6 Big Ten), Iowa (8-13, 1-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 3 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) recorded the third triple-double (12 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) in program history, as the University of Michigan men's basketball team ran past Iowa, 87-73, on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 30) inside Crisler Arena. Morris' triple-double puts him in elite company, joining former Wolverines Gary Grant (1985-88) and Manny Harris (2008-10) as the only men's basketball players to record the feat at Michigan.

Joining Morris in double-figure scoring were freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) with 19 points, redshirt freshman forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) with 17, freshman forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) with 14 and junior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) with 13. The Wolverines shot 73 percent (19-of-26) from the field and 64 percent (7-of-11) from behind the arc in the second half. For the game, the Wolverines went 59 percent (33-of-56) from the floor, 50 percent (14-of-28) from the three-point line and 88 percent (7-of-8) from the charity stripe.

The first half featured 13 lead changes. Iowa jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, going 4-for-4 on its first four possessions, but a three-point field goal from Smotrycz ended the Hawkeyes' hot shooting. Michigan took its first lead of the game on a three-pointer from Novak at the 11:48 mark.

A triple from sophomore guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) followed by a basket from Morris with a minute to play in the half sent Michigan into the locker room up, 35-32.

Michigan opened the second stanza 5-for-5 from the field, starting a 20-7 run. The first basket of the half came off a three-point field goal by Smotrycz, followed by baskets from Morgan, Hardaway and Morris in consecutive fashion, before Smotrycz hit another triple to cap the shooting run at the 15:59 mark.

The Wolverines were still hot out of the media timeout, as Morgan scored on a jumper and a reverse layup on back-to-back possessions. Morris followed with an old-fashioned three-point play to give Michigan the 55-39 lead.

At the 10:11 mark, a jump shot from Morris started a 7-0 U-M run. On Michigan's next two possessions, Morris found Morgan in transition for an easy dunk and then Vogrich for a fastbreak three-pointer, giving the Maize and Blue its largest lead of the game, 69-48.

The Wolverines return to action this Thursday (Feb. 3) when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play top-ranked Ohio State inside Value City Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.

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