Early Struggles Hamper Wolverines in Defeat at Iowa
Caris LeVert

Feb. 8, 2014

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Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: #17 Iowa 85, #10 Michigan 67
Records: U-M (17-6, 9-2 Big Ten), Iowa (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Feb. 11 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 9 p.m. ET (TV: ESPN)

IOWA CITY, Iowa. -- Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) scored 22 points, but it was not enough for the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 16 ESPN/USA Today) in an 85-67 loss at Iowa (No. 17 AP, No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 8) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) chipped in 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and made four three-pointers to follow up his 16-point effort against Nebraska (Feb. 5). Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) was Michigan's final double-digit scorer with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting.

Iowa sprung ahead early 13-4 -- a lead the home squad never relinquished -- after Roy Devyn Marble hit three triples for the team's first nine points of the game. LeVert made a four-point play after getting fouled on a three-point attempt at 14:10 to cut U-M's deficit to five points, but Iowa used an 8-0 run minutes later to go up 24-10 with 9:52 left in the half.

Down 33-17 with 6:23 before halftime, the Wolverines scored eight straight points, including two Irvin three-pointers, to make the score 33-25 and force Iowa to call timeout at 3:40. Marble hit another three out of the break, but then Stauskas and Irvin made layups to come within seven points of the lead at 36-29.


The Hawkeyes scored the last seven points of the half, and Marble connected yet again from downtown right before the buzzer to put Iowa up 43-29 going into halftime. Marble hit six three-pointers in the half and had 22 points before the intermission, as Iowa shot 8-of-11 (73 percent) from long distance in the first period.

Michigan fell behind 20 points with 12:01 left in the game. Then, up 65-45, Iowa scored seven straight points to go ahead 72-45 with 7:02 remaining. A Stauskas triple brought Michigan back within 20 points two minutes later, but the Hawkeyes responded with five unanswered points to take a 78-53 lead with 3:49 to play.

Marble was the game's leading scorer with 26 points, and Aaron White had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Iowa shot 29-of-61 (48 percent) from the floor and went 10-of-17 (59 percent) from three. Michigan was 22-of-52 (42 percent) on field goals and made only nine of 25 attempts (36 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Hawkeyes outrebounded Michigan, 38-29, and had 22 assists compared to U-M's 13. Iowa also had seven blocked shots and nine steals, while the Wolverines had just four swats and three steals.

The Maize and Blue is on the road again next week to play Ohio State on Tuesday (Feb. 11) in Columbus. The game is scheduled to tip at 9 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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