IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 21 AP, No. 20 ESPN/USA Today) was stunned with a 94-66 loss at Iowa, Saturday (Feb. 4), at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Wolverines (16-4, 6-3 Big Ten) seemingly had full control over the contest in the first half, but the Hawkeyes (18-5, 7-2 Big Ten), who have not surrendered a victory at home in 15 games, shot 65.3 percent (32-of-49) overall compared to the Wolverines' 41.5 percent (22-of-53) to cut off Michigan's winning streak at five games.
Despite the loss, U-M had a trio of players reach double digits with senior Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS) scoring a team-leading 19 points. Horton shot 5-of-10 from the floor with one triple including 8-of-9 from the free throw line.
Junior Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) recorded 13 points, hitting 4-of-10 from the floor with three from beyond the arc. Junior Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 tallies on 4-of-6 shooting with six boards.
The game began as a defensive battle with both teams applying pressure to the ball to force accurate shooting. Michigan had the advantage early on as Iowa hit just 3-of-9 to start out the game while the Wolverines went 7-of-9 from the floor. The lopsided shooting gave U-M a 16-9 lead at the 13-minute mark and the Wolverines looked to be in complete control of the game.
The Hawkeyes calmly began to find their stroke, however, putting together a spree of three-point shooting to put a damper on the Wolverine advantage. Iowa hit three consecutive triples to put the Wolverines on their heels and cut the Michigan lead to just one point (16-15) with 11:12 remaining in the half.
Still, the Wolverines responded effectively, putting together a 7-2 run in less than two minutes to reclaim a significant lead (23-17). But the Hawkeyes' hot shooting didn't cool off and they continued to record points in groups of three, hitting two triples, converting a three-point play and adding in a two-point shot to take their first lead of the game (28-27) with 5:18 to go in the half.
Trailing for the first time in the game, the Wolverines had trouble finding the bottom of the net, hitting just one of their next nine shot attempts. Despite the shooting trouble, however, Michigan managed to keep a one-point lead, holding a 29-28 advantage after senior Graham Brown (Mio, Mich./Mio-AuSable HS) put up two points with a shot under the net.
But after the senior forward recorded his second basket of the evening, Iowa continued to find the bottom of the net. The Wolverines found themselves off-balance as the Hawkeyes shot lights-out for the remainder of the half, hitting 6-of-6 from the floor, including two triples, to outscore Michigan 14-5 and finish the frame taking a 42-34 advantage over U-M into the locker rooms.
Down 42-34, the Wolverines were looking to get something going at the outset of the second half. Unfortunately, Michigan's shooting troubles continued while Iowa's stroke remained accurate. The Wolverines went 0-for-5 coming out of the break while Iowa put up six points, leaving Michigan down by double digits (48-36) for the first time in the game.
As the contest went on, everything seemed to fall for the Hawkeyes while the Wolverines had trouble getting into an offensive rhythm. Michigan put up sporadic scores while Iowa continued to rattle off points, eventually falling behind by 24 (68-44) with 11:34 remaining.
The Wolverines continued to fight to regain their footing, but the huge margin they had to overcome proved to be too much as the Hawkeyes kept up with their high shooting percentage, ultimately falling 94-66 to Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Wolverines return home to Crisler Arena to take on their second straight nationally-ranked opponent as Ohio State (No. 20 Associated Press/No. 19 ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll) comes to Ann Arbor, Thursday (Feb. 9), in the first of two meetings against the Buckeyes. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
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