Michigan Shoots Down Hawks

Michigan overcame a strong Iowa start with scorching shooting in down the visiting Hawkeyes in Ann Arbor on Sunday.

Iowa couldn't take advantage a career-best scoring effort from freshman Melsahn Basabe Sunday in Ann Arbor. Michigan broke open a close game at halftime with scorching shooting after the intermission.

The Wolverines shot 73.1 percent from the floor in the second half en route to a 87-73 win. The Hawkeyes cut a 21-point to eight point in the final five minutes but could not complete the comeback.

Iowa (8-13 overall, 1-8 Big Ten) started the game on an 8-2 spurt and competed hard in the first half, which saw 13 lead changes and four ties.

"I was pleased with the start," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said on his post-game radio show. "We came out with a good focus offensively. Defensively we were good. We came apart a little bit on penetration. The penetration was creating the 3-point shots and we weren't closing out."

Michigan (13-9, 3-6) connected on 14 of 28 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. The Wolverines knocked down seven in each half.

"What we need is better defensive intensity with regard to the 3-point line when we facing a 3-point shooting team," McCaffery said.

Basabe scored 25 and grabbed eight rebounds. Bryce Cartwright handed out nine assists without a turnover. Devyn Marble added 12 points and three assists off of the Iowa bench.

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