Michigan Rallies to Knock Off Hawkeyes

DeShawn Sims continued his domination of Iowa helping his Wolverines to a 80-78, overtime win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday night.

IOWA CITY, Ia. - DeShawn Sims secured his place in Iowa lore as a Hawkeye killer on Tuesday night.

The Michigan forward tossed in a clutch three-pointer at the end of the regulation to send the game overtime, where his team finished off Iowa, 80-78. An announced crowd of 9,485 looked on at Carver-Hawkeye Arena as Sims netted 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Sims has totaled 74 points (24.7 PPG) in his last three meetings with Iowa, all Wolverine wins. Michigan avenged an overtime setback in Iowa City a year ago.

"I was concerned that we needed to get out offense fixed, but I think we got that fixed," Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said in reference to his team scoring 40 points in a loss at Purdue on Saturday. "We struggled to defend. To our guys' credit, it was a hard fought, good basketball game."

Manny Harris added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (13-12 overall, 6-7 Big Ten).

"It was a great game," Michigan Coach John Beilein said. "I think everybody got their money's worth. It was entertaining."

The loss overshadowed an outstanding performance by Iowa's Aaron Fuller. The sophomore from Arizona posted career highs in points (30) and rebounds (13). Matt Gatens added 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a losing effort.

"The sad thing is you have guys playing really well and you don't get the win," Lickliter said. "Cully (Payne) was good. Eric May defended well.

"They have two guys (Simms and Harris) that, you can guard them if you want, but they're going to raise it up and shoot it in. It's a tough thing to have to handle."

A pair of Payne free throws provided Iowa with a 66-63 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation. After a :30 timeout, Iowa chose not to foul and Sims canned a trey from out top with :07 on the clock.

"It's early," Lickliter said. "There's going to be a few more possessions. They get the three, you go overtime, plus you probably have another chance to score.

"The worst you can do is tie, but the way they shoot it, there was a debate going on (in the Iowa huddle during the timeout)."

Iowa (9-18, 3-11) still had another chance to win it in regulation. Fuller drove to the basket and missed in a crowd of Wolverines on a play where the Hawkeye fans screamed for a foul.

A Gatens' jumper gave the home team a 72-69 lead a minute and a half into overtime, but the Wolverines answered with a 7-0 run. Harris nailed a three and Sims connected on a hoop in the spurt.

The Hawkeyes cut their deficit to 78-75 and had the ball with :13 remaining in the extra session. After a timeout, Gatens drove in for a lay-up but misfired. Iowa's rally was done.

The Hawkeyes now have a nine-day layoff before traveling to Northwestern on Feb. 25.


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