For the second straight road game, Michigan went into overtime. U-M's last road game -- at Northwestern -- resulted in a U-M overtime win, 70-67. U-M is 22-16 in overtime games on the road.
Michigan played its fourth overtime game of the season and suffered its first loss in the extra period. It marked the 90th overtime game in Wolverine history as U-M is now 57-33 in overtime games. It also was the 63rd Big Ten overtime game. The loss gives the Wolverines a 40-23 overtime record in Big Ten games. In addition, Michigan is now 8-3 all-time in overtime games against Iowa.
With the overtime loss to Iowa, Michigan is 84-56 all-time against Iowa with a 33-35 record in games played in Iowa City, Iowa. U-M snapped its three-game winning streak against the Hawkeyes with the extra-stanza loss.
Michigan played tonight's Iowa game after the Hawkeyes had an eight-day layoff. The U-M loss gives the two squads a series split this season. U-M won the first game 64-49 at Crisler Arena on Jan. 11.
Michigan closed the game with 18 assists on its 20 field goals. Manny Harris led the Wolverines with six assists, while C.J. Lee had a career-best five assists.
For the 10th time this season and for the second straight game, Michigan drained 10-plus three-pointers in a game. Against Iowa, the Wolverines finished with 12 long-range buckets, with Stu Douglass leading the way with four. Six of the nine Wolverines that played drained a three-pointer.
For the third straight game, Michigan used the starting lineup of C.J. Lee, Stu Douglass and Manny Harris on the perimeter and Zack Novak and DeShawn Sims in the front court.
Manny Harris wore a head band in a game for the second time in his career -- even though it was only for a half against Iowa. The only other time he wore a head band was last season during U-M's home game against Penn State (Feb. 9, 2008).
DeShawn Sims' 13 points give him his 24th game this season scoring in double figures. Overall, it marks the 50th time in his 93-game career he has posted double digits in a game. With his total against the Hawkeyes, Sims is getting closer to 1,000 career points as he sits at 913.
DeShawn Sims played a career-best 41 minutes at Iowa. It marks just the second game in his career he has played in 40-plus minutes -- the other being a 40-minute game in an overtime contest at Indiana on Jan. 7.
For the seventh time this season, Zack Novak closed a game scoring in double figures, finishing with 11 points. In fact, it gives him back-to-back games scoring in double figures. Over his last two games, he is 9-of-18 from long range.
With his 14 points at Iowa, Stu Douglass posted his eighth career game scoring in double figures. In fact, he has posted back-to-back double-digit games after his 12 points against Minnesota on Thursday (Feb. 19).
C.J. Lee started his seventh straight game for the Wolverines. He finished the contest with five rebounds and a career-best five assists. He has 21 assists over his last six games -- a 3.5 per game average. Additionally, his 36 minutes of action give him five straight games playing 30-plus minutes in a contest.
David Merritt tied a career best for the fifth time in his career with two three-point field goals. It also marks the third time this season he hit two long-range buckets; he also achieved the mark vs. Oakland on Dec. 20 and Eastern Michigan on Dec. 13.
Manny Harris has now started all 60 games in his Michigan career. He is the only Wolverine on the roster that has started and played in every game of his career.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "Todd (Lickliter) and Iowa have been through some tough things and they certainly played a great game and played some really good defense on us. I thought we got good shots that didn't roll very well our way. They fought back, we fought back, it was a really good basketball game for two teams that are struggling to find ways to win games, whether they are at home or on the road."
On the final play of regulation... "They blew it up with an extra foul. With 18 seconds to go we went into a play that we thought would take 14 seconds to run so that we made sure we would take it with under five. When it didn't work out that way, we didn't see the scoreboard and just play ball. I wish we would have ran the play a little quicker; it was 18 seconds and -- you don't want to shoot it with seven (seconds) -- you have to be very careful. The two people I wanted to get the ball to with five seconds on the clock, it turned out weren't going to get the ball until two seconds on the clock, and the play blew up. I wish at seven seconds we would have just played ball when we saw that we couldn't get there, but I take responsibility for that."
On the difference in overtime... "They scored the first two buckets and we didn't. Just like the start of the game, people get on a roll. What is the difference when we go on a 10-0 run or something, we take the lead. Teams go on a roll and there is a sense of disaster in overtime once you go down six or eight. It is really tough for a team to comeback when they get off to a bad start."
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