DeShawn Sims (AP Photo)
Feb. 17, 2010
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: Michigan 80, Iowa 78 (OT)
Records: U-M (13-12, 6-7 Big Ten), Iowa (9-18, 3-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 20 -- vs. Penn State (Crisler Arena), 6 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team overcame a five-point deficit with 22 seconds to play in regulation to claim an 80-78 overtime victory over Iowa on Tuesday night (Feb. 16) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) led the Wolverines with 27 points and 10 rebounds, scoring six points in the final 15 seconds of regulation help U-M get into overtime.
Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) also recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards, while junior/sophomore guard Laval Lucas-Perry (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) was Michigan's third double-figure scorer with 13 points.
The Maize and Blue made a season-high 14 three-point field goals against the Hawkeyes, going 14-for-27 (51.9 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Wolverines and Hawkeyes traded leads in the early going until a 10-0 burst pushed U-M out to a nine-point advantage, 20-11, just before the midway point of the first half. Trailing by one, Sims started the run with a bucket before back-to-back trifectas from sophomore guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and Harris forced an Iowa timeout. Following the timeout, fifth-year senior forward Zack Gibson (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) capped the run for the Maize and Blue with a layup.
After back-to-back triples by Iowa trimmed the Michigan lead back to three, Lucas-Perry buried a pair from beyond the arc to push U-M back to a nine-point lead, 26-17, with eight minutes to play before the break.
The Michigan lead grew to as much as 10 on Lucas-Perry's third triple of the first half, but the Hawkeyes finished the half on a 14-4 run to tie the contest, 33-33, at the intermission.
Lucas-Perry led the Wolverines with nine points at the break on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range. As a team, U-M was 7-for-12 (58.3 percent) from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes. Iowa's Aaron Fuller led all scorers with 16 points in the opening stanza; he also had a game-high seven rebounds in the first half.
Sims scored nine of the first 12 points for the Maize and Blue coming out of the intermission as the Wolverines clung to a slim lead early in the second half until Iowa claimed its first advantage of the second stanza, 46-45, on a basket with 12:27 remaining.
A Sims free throw tied the contest, 52-52, but the Hawkeyes responded with a 5-0 run to take their largest lead to that point, 57-52, with five-and-a-half minutes to play.
The Hawkeyes lead was four when Sims converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:10 remaining to cut the lead just one, 61-60. Iowa scored the next four points before another old-fashioned three-point play from Sims brought the Maize and Blue back within two with 15 seconds on the clock.
Following a Michigan foul, Iowa split a pair of free throws, giving U-M a chance, down three, with 13 seconds remaining. The Wolverines came down the floor and Sims buried a triple with six seconds left in regulation, sending the contest to overtime.
In the extra session, Harris opened the scoring with a triple to give U-M a three-point lead, but Iowa scored the next six to take a three-point lead of its own, 72-69. A Harris free throw cut the Hawkeyes lead to one and then sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) swung the advantage back to the Maize and Blue with a triple from the right wing, giving U-M a 73-72 lead with 1:45 left in overtime.
Michigan's lead was three after Harris split a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, but Iowa came up empty on the ensuing possession and the Wolverines hung on for the road win.
Fuller led Iowa with a game-high 30 points and 13 rebounds. Matt Gatens also added 21 points for the Hawkeyes.
The Maize and Blue will return to Crisler Arena on Saturday (Feb. 20) when it hosts Penn State. Game time against the Nittany Lions is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the contest will be televised by the Big Ten Network.