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Iowa defeats No. 13 Michigan 75-59
IOWA 75, MICHIGAN 59
By RYAN J. FOLEY
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Every time Michigan threatened to erase
Iowa's lead, Matt Gatens and the Hawkeyes had an answer.
The senior guard hit three 3-pointers in the second half,
including one as part of a decisive 10-0 run and another to put
the game out of reach, and finished with 19 points as the
Hawkeyes beat No. 13 Michigan 75-59 on Saturday.
"He had a great game and he does a lot of great things for
them," Michigan Coach John Beilein said of Gatens.
Roy Devyn Marble added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists
for Iowa (11-8, 3-3 Big Ten), which snapped an ugly two-game
losing streak and picked up its first conference home win.
Iowa went on a 10-0 run in the second half to build a 53-37 lead
and it was never really close again. The spurt included a
3-pointer by Gatens and a dunk by forward Melsahn Basabe - both
on assists from backup point guard Bryce Cartwright, who
finished with five to go along with four points and two steals.
Gatens' final 3-pointer came after Zach McCabe dived to the
court to corral a loose ball at midcourt and stop a potential
Michigan fast break. Cartwright found him open in the right
corner with a cross-court pass, and Gatens drilled it, giving
Iowa a 63-48 lead with less than 5 minutes left.
"Even earlier when he was missing he was taking great looks.
They all looked like they were going to go in. Then he got hot,"
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said of Gatens, who was 4 of 7 from
behind the arc, 5 of 5 from the free throw line and had three
Gatens said he kept shooting after he missed a few open looks in
the first half.
"I've always been told, `Shoot to get hot, shoot to stay hot,"
Freshman point guard Trey Burke led Michigan (14-4, 4-2) with 19
points despite playing only 7 minutes in the first half after
picking up two fouls. Zack Novak added 14 points and eight
rebounds and kept the game close with four 3-pointers. But
leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled throughout, shooting 2
of 13 from the field and missing all 8 of 3-point attempts.
"We took a couple of hope 3s and a couple of hope passes," said
Beilein, who also bemoaned his players' failure to hit some
wide-open looks. "We couldn't string anything together."
With the loss, the Wolverines fell out of a tie for second place
in the Big Ten and failed to pick up their first conference road
Reserve forward Aaron White added 12 points and McCabe had 11
for Iowa after scoring the game's first six.
McCaffery said he was pleased Iowa outrebounded the Wolverines
39-30, had 18 assists on 25 baskets and only eight turnovers.
The Hawkeyes finished the first half on an 11-5 run to take a
33-23 lead. The run included two big plays by Marble: an
acrobatic left-handed layup as part of a three-point play, and a
fadeaway jumper from the right wing that beat the buzzer and
brought the crowd at Carver Hawkeye Arena to its feet.
Michigan struggled in the first half with poor shooting,
including making just 3 of 16 3-point shots attempts, and had
eight turnovers. In the second half, the Wolverines cut Iowa's
lead to 43-37 before Basabe's finger roll in the lane started
Iowa's decisive 10-0 run.
The victory helps Iowa get past two ugly blowouts that dampened
fan enthusiasm, which had been the highest in years after the
team achieved consecutive Big Ten road wins for the first time
No. 5 Ohio State pummeled Iowa 76-47 in front of a near sellout
crowd at Carver Hawkeye Arena a week ago. No. 6 Michigan State
beat Iowa 95-61 in a game that saw McCaffery slam a folding
chair to the court as he berated his players.
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