Michigan Drops Heartbreaker at Iowa in Overtime
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Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: Iowa 70, Michigan 60 (OT)
Records: U-M (17-11, 7-8 Big Ten), Iowa (14-13, 4-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 26 -- vs. Purdue (Crisler Arena), 9 p.m.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team fell on the road, 70-60, at Iowa on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 22) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Wolverines held a four-point lead with a minute to play in regulation before the Hawkeyes forced overtime and scored the first seven points of the extra frame to earn the victory.

Freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led U-M with 14 points, while junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing) added 13 and freshman guard Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) had 11.

Trailing by a point following a dunk from sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford), Iowa responded with a 13-0 run to take a 20-8 lead with nine minutes to play in the first half.

Sophomore/freshman Laval Lucas-Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) ended the Hawkeye run with a triple from the corner, sparking a 14-0 burst for the Maize and Blue over a five-minute stretch. Sims scored the next five points of the spurt before Novak and fifth-year senior guard David Merritt(West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) each knocked down a trifecta to give U-M a 22-20 advantage with 4:30 left in the half.

From there, the lead swung back and forth before a Novak three-pointer gave the Wolverines a 29-28 lead heading into the intermission. Novak led all scorers with nine in the opening 20 minutes; Iowa was led with eight from Jake Kelly.

An early 7-0 run by Iowa put the Hawkeyes in front, 37-34, six minutes into the second stanza. Following a media timeout, Novak ended the run and tied the contest with a triple.

From there neither team took a lead larger than two until a free throw from Sims gave Michigan a 51-48 lead with just over four minutes to play. Iowa cut the U-M lead back to one before Douglass drained a three to give the Wolverines a 56-52 lead with a minute to play.

Iowa's Matt Gatens then hit four straight free throws to tie the game, 56-56, and send the Maize and Blue into overtime for the second time in three games.

Iowa scored the first seven points of the extra session and outscored U-M 14-4 in the extra five minutes to earn the victory.

Kelly led Iowa with 23 points in the contest.

The Wolverines will return to Crisler Arena for the final home game of the season on Thursday night (Feb. 26) as the Maize and Blue host Purdue. Game time is schedule for 9 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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