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Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes Knock Off Wolverines in OT Thriller

Iowa beats Michigan 86-83 in overtime to earn first conference win of the season.

After getting demolished in West Lafayette on Wednesday night by Purdue, the Iowa Hawkeyes were looking to get back on the winning track. They were welcoming the Michigan Wolverines to town, who would be taking part in their first Big Ten game of the year.

The Hawks burst out to an early lead as Isaiah Moss, Peter Jok, and Jordan Bohannon all had an early 5 points. Bohannon quickly picked up his second foul just six and a half minutes into the half, so he would have to ride the pine for the rest of the half. 

Iowa head coach, Fran McCaffery, went with an interesting lineup in the middle of the first half. It was a lineup that you'd look at and not think that they'd be able to produce much on the offensive end of the floor. However, with the help of a couple Nicholas Baer three's the Hawkeye bench maintained a lead for the Hawkeyes as the starters rested.

Iowa continued to lead throughout the first half despite a breakout performance from Michigan's DJ Wilson. Peter Jok finished the half with 14 points as the Hawkeyes led by 3 at 39-36 going into the locker room. It may have been more, but the Hawkeyes gave up a couple wide open three's to end the half to the Wolverines, which they knocked down. 

The Wolverines came out of the locker room scorching hot. They were shooting 60% or better for a majority of that second half and off a second chance opportunity, took a 7 point lead with a Duncan Robinson three pointer. 

Iowa started to chip away after that. Tyler Cook showed up after scoring just two points in the first half and with 4:30 left the Hawks took the lead on a Jok three pointer. 

Moments later, Michigan's Robinson hit a huge three pointer to give Michigan the lead right back. It felt as though it was going to get really fun after that. And it did.

With under two minutes to go, Bohannon stepped up and hit a three in Michigan's DJ Wilson's face to give the Hawkeyes the lead right back. 

After a few empty possessions, Zak Irvin hit a three with under 30 seconds to go to give Michigan a 2 point lead, but Cordell Pemsl connected on a layup with 16 seconds left to tie it right back up.  After a Michigan turnover, we were headed to overtime all tied at 74. 

The teams traded buckets over the course of the first couple of minutes of overtime and with under two minutes left and the score tied at 81, Peter Jok drilled a three pointer to give Iowa the lead for good. Michigan would get a bucket off an Iowa turnover, but when Jok drilled two free throws to give Iowa another three point lead the Hawkeyes looked like they had this one locked up. 

Michigan chucked up a few final three point attempts, but none went in as Iowa prevailed, 86-83. Jok led the way with 25 points for the Hawkeyes, but Bohannon finished with 17 of his own while Cook and Baer chipped in 11 and 12, respectively. 

Iowa has a few days off before traveling to Lincoln, NE to take on the red hot Nebraska Cornhuskers on January 5th. That game is set to tip off at 8 p.m. CT. 

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