Michigan Wins Second Straight

The Michigan basketball team downed Iowa 87-73 to pick up its second straight win on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Darius Morris had U-M first triple-double in a Big 10 game in the win.

ANN ARBOR - Darius Morris recorded Michigan's first ever triple-double in conference play tallying 12 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as Michigan won its second straight game with an 87-73 win over Iowa on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena.

Michigan had a balanced scoring attack and used a 20-5 second half run to secure the win. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines with 19 points. Jordan Morgan, Evan Smotrycz and Zack Novak added 17, 14 and 13 points.

Up just 35-32 at the break, Michigan used a 13-5 surge out of the intermission to build a commanding lead that the Wolverines would never relinquish. Smotrycz made a pair of triples and a jumper, plus Hardaway Jr. connected from deep.

With 11:48 left in the game the Wolverines stretched the lead to 18 points at 62-44 with a Jon Horford dunk. Jordan Morgan, Morris and Hardaway Jr. also scored for Michigan in the stretch that saw U-M put it out of reach.

After the lead grew to as many as 21 points the Hawkeyes battled back to trim the lead to just eight with 3:19 remaining. Matt Gatens and Melsahn Basabe helped Iowa fight back within striking distance, but the Wolverines held on and pushed the lead back to the final 14-point margin.

In the first half the Hawkeyes built a quick 8-2 lead before Michigan stormed back taking its first lead near the halfway point of the half. Novak put Michigan on top 15-13 with a triple with 12 minutes left in the half.

Neither team opened a lead in the first half with Michigan's biggest lead coming the three-point halftime margin after a late Morris bucket.

With the win the Wolverines improve to 13-9 on the season and 3-6 in Big 10 play. Michigan returns to action on Thursday night to meet the No. 1-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.

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