Wolverines Close Out Iowa State with Second-Half Run
Jordan Morgan

Dec. 3, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #14 Michigan 76, Iowa State 66
Records: U-M (6-2), Iowa State (5-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 10 -- vs. Oakland (Auburn Hills, Mich.), 4 p.m.

-- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 14 AP/No. 15 USA Today) used a 21-5 second-half run to defeat Iowa State, 76-66, and keep its perfect record at home (4-0) on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 3) inside Crisler Arena. The team shot 48 percent (27-of-56) from the floor for the game, aided by 58 percent shooting (14-of-24) in the second half.

The Wolverines were led by 19 points and six rebounds from sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) and eight points and 11 rebounds from senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton). Redshirt sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) rounded out the double-digit scorers for U-M with 16 and 13, respectively.

With 12:42 remaining in the game, the Wolverines earned their largest lead of the game, 55-33, when senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) found a wide-open Morgan under the basket for a fastbreak dunk.

The teams exchanged baskets over the next 9:15, until Iowa State scored 10 straight points to bring it back within eight with 52 seconds left in the game. U-M maintained its lead, however, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line to close the game.

Iowa State opened the game with a pair of three-point field goals to take an early 10-4 lead. Burke answered with eight straight points, on a jumper and back-to-back triples, to help U-M retake the lead, 12-10, at the 13:44 mark.

Over the next 9:15, the Cyclones slowly worked back to a 23-21 lead. The Wolverines did not let them keep it for long, however, going on a 13-2 run into the break. With 4:10 left in the half, junior guard Eso Akunne (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard) pulled the team out of its shooting woes, knocking down a three-pointer. On the other end, Hardaway picked up a steal and finished with a fastbreak slam to put the Wolverines up 26-23.

Following a layup by junior forward Blake McLimans (Hamburg, N.Y./Worcester Academy [Mass.]), Novak found Burke behind the arc for a three-pointer on the Wolverines' next possession. With 22 seconds left in the half, McLimans closed the run with another three-point field goal and the Maize and Blue entered the locker room with a 34-25 lead.

Out of the break, the Wolverines missed their first basket but went on to make their next seven field goals, building up an 18-point lead in the process. At the 18:30 mark, Burke found Hardaway cutting backdoor to the basket for a layup. Then Morgan and Burke knocked down back-to-back jumpers to give U-M its first double-digit lead of the game, 41-31, at the 16:51 mark.

On the next possession, Morgan scored on an old-fashioned three-point play after getting fouled on his jump shot. Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) and Novak ended the run, each knocking down jumpers on the next two plays, to put Michigan ahead, 48-33.

The Wolverines will return to the hardwood next Saturday (Dec. 10) when they meet Oakland University at the Palace of Auburn Hills for a 4 p.m. tipoff. The game can be seen live locally on Fox Sports Detroit or on ESPN3.com.

Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423

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