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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For the first 17 minutes, the University of Iowa men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with Michigan on Sunday inside Crisler Arena. Then the Wolverines showed why they are the second-ranked team in the country.
Michigan outscored the Hawkeyes 66-38 over the final 23 minutes to hand Iowa a 95-67 loss. The Hawkeyes fall to 11-4 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten Conference action.
“I told them we needed to be tougher,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “We can’t play the No. 2 ranked team and not be as tough for 40 minutes. We were tough for the first 15 and were tough, at times, in the second half, but it’s having the mentality we’re going to stay after it until we get the decision.”
With the scored tied at 29, the Wolverines used a 17-6 run over the final three minutes of the first half to take a 46-35 lead into the break. The Wolverines used a 12-5 run to start half two to stretch its advantage to 58-40. It led by 20 (62-42) seven minutes into the second half and 35 (87-52) with 4:52 remaining before going on to the 28-point victory.
“They got more aggressive, started running, and we didn’t get back,” said freshman Anthony Clemmons of the difference from the beginning to the end of the game. “We didn’t execute what we wanted to do. They made us pay for it.”
“It’s 27-26, and we kind of just fell apart at that point,” said McCaffery.
Michigan shot 58.1 percent (36-of-62) from the field and went 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes connected on 43.5 percent (27-of-62) from the floor and 35 percent (7-of-20) from long range. The Wolverines also held a 41-26 advantage on the glass and had 24 assists on its 36 field goals.
Junior Roy Devyn Marble led a group of two Hawkeyes in double figures, finishing with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Clemmons scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go along with seven assists. Freshman Adam Woodbury and sophomore Gabriel Olaseni both added eight points.
“I thought he dug down and really guarded Burke,” said McCaffery of Clemmons. “It was a great experience for him today to be able to be in this environment and go after a guy, I don’t care what their reputation is.”
Four Wolverine players reached double digits with freshman Glenn Robinson III leading the way with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds. Sophomore Trey Burke and junior Tim Hardaway, Jr., both had 19 points, and Burke had 12 assists to one turnover.
Iowa got about as good of a start as it could have asked for, jumping out to a 7-0 lead behind four points by sophomore Aaron White and a Marble 3-pointer. The Wolverines battled back to 12-9 on a Hardaway, Jr., jumper before taking their first lead at 17-16 on a layup by Robinson at the 10:05 mark.
A 3-pointer by freshman Mike Gesell put the Hawkeyes back on top and junior Melsahn Basabe followed with a dunk to give Iowa the 21-17 lead with 8:44 remaining in the half.
After two ties and two lead changes, which pushed the score to 29-all, the Wolverines closed out the half with a 17-6 run over the final 3:12 to push their advantage to 46-35. Michigan made its final nine field goal attempts in the first half and scored the final eight points over the last 1:04.
The Wolverines shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) over the first 20 minutes and made 5-of-9 3-point attempts. The Hawkeyes were 15-of-35 (42.9 percent) from the floor and 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from long range. Iowa was 1-of-2 from the charity stripe; Michigan was 9-of-12.
Iowa returns to action Thursday, hosting No. 18 Michigan State at 6 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“We have to learn from stuff like this,” said Clemmons. “I don’t like getting beat like this and my teammates don’t like getting beat like this. All we can do is learn from it.”