Early Struggles Hamper Men's Basketball in Defeat at Iowa
Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) scored 22 points, but it was not enough for the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 16 ESPN/USA Today) in an 85-67 loss at Iowa (No. 17 AP, No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 8) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) chipped in 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and made four three-pointers to follow up his 16-point effort against Nebraska (Feb. 5). Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) was Michigan's final double-digit scorer with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting.
Iowa sprung ahead early 13-4 -- a lead the home squad never relinquished -- after Roy Devyn Marble hit three triples for the team's first nine points of the game. LeVert made a four-point play after getting fouled on a three-point attempt at 14:10 to cut U-M's deficit to five points, but Iowa used an 8-0 run minutes later to go up 24-10 with 9:52 left in the half.
Down 33-17 with 6:23 before halftime, the Wolverines scored eight straight points, including two Irvin three-pointers, to make the score 33-25 and force Iowa to call timeout at 3:40. Marble hit another three out of the break, but then Stauskas and Irvin made layups to come within seven points of the lead at 36-29.
The Hawkeyes scored the last seven points of the half, and Marble connected yet again from downtown right before the buzzer to put Iowa up 43-29 going into halftime. Marble hit six three-pointers in the half and had 22 points before the intermission, as Iowa shot 8-of-11 (73 percent) from long distance in the first period.
Michigan fell behind 20 points with 12:01 left in the game. Then, up 65-45, Iowa scored seven straight points to go ahead 72-45 with 7:02 remaining. A Stauskas triple brought Michigan back within 20 points two minutes later, but the Hawkeyes responded with five unanswered points to take a 78-53 lead with 3:49 to play.
Marble was the game's leading scorer with 26 points, and Aaron White had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Iowa shot 29-of-61 (48 percent) from the floor and went 10-of-17 (59 percent) from three. Michigan was 22-of-52 (42 percent) on field goals and made only nine of 25 attempts (36 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Hawkeyes outrebounded Michigan, 38-29, and had 22 assists compared to U-M's 13. Iowa also had seven blocked shots and nine steals, while the Wolverines had just four swats and three steals.