By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Lester Abram scored 24 points and Courtney Sims had a career-high 16 to lead Michigan to a 90-84 win over Iowa on Wednesday night.
Daniel Horton had 15 points and seven assists for the Wolverines (12-5, 3-3 Big Ten). Michigan’s Dion Harris and Bernard Robinson each scored 10.
Iowa (10-7, 3-3) had five players in double figures, led by Pierre Pierce’s 23 points and Glen Worley’s 18.
The Wolverines led by double digits for much of the game but had to make free throws to seal the win. Iowa rallied late to pull within five on Worley’s 3-pointer with 49.4 seconds left.
Iowa’s Greg Brunner and Brody Boyd, who fouled out, each scored 13. Sean Sonderleiter had 12 points.
Michigan, which who played their first home game in nearly two weeks, has won two straight after losing three in a row. The Hawkeyes have lost three of their last four games.
Abram was coming off a 19-point performance in a win at Penn State, and Sims had his best game offensively.
Sims made five of his first six shots and had 11 points midway through the first half. The freshman center scored 12 twice earlier this season but hadn’t reached double figures in his previous six games.
The Wolverines led 11-2 and 31-20 before going cold. Iowa held them scoreless for more than six minutes and scored 15 straight points to take its first lead.
Michigan closed the first half with 13-2 run to go ahead 44-37 at halftime and had little trouble maintaining a cushion in the second half.