Iowa Zone Stifles Michigan in 72-54 Loss

Iowa's lengthy zone proved too much for Michigan to overcome in deflating 72-54 home loss Thursday.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Iowa appeared in for a fight Thursday night at Crisler Center with the score tied at 21 with just over five minutes left in the first half but the Hawkeyes had other ideas going on a 10-0 run and never looking back, easily downing Michigan 72-54.

Iowa saw five scorers reach double figures including Jarrod Uthoff who finished with a team high 16-points on 7-of-10 shooting, also grabbing nine rebounds. Mike Gesell and Aaron White were efficient as well in scoring 14-points and 13-points, respectively.

For Michigan, freshman Aubrey Dawkins was the only player to find a rhythm from three-point range, knocking down 4-of-7 attempts to finish his night with 16-points. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 11-points, Spike Albrecht scoring 10 once again without the services of Derrick Walton Jr.

Peter Jok scored 10-points for Iowa, also dishing out four assists with no turnovers. Center Adam Woodbury notched an impressive stat line as well with 11-points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Michigan was able to hang around for almost the entire first half thanks to a spirited performance off the bench by freshman Kameron Chatman who scored all six of his points over the first 13 minutes of action.

Tied at 21 with 5:50 to play in the first half, Iowa began to pull away from Michigan with a 10-0 run going into the break to lead 31-21, the Hawkeyes’ surge led by a pair of dunks by White, along with another from Uthoff.

In the second half, Iowa continued the onslaught playing a tough 2-3 zone defensively while scoring at will in the paint against Michigan’s various defensive looks. The Hawkeyes led 46-28 with 13:31 to play in regulation.

Michigan mustered one more push, cutting the Iowa lead to single digits at 52-43 with a 15-6 run spurred on by three three-pointers from Dawkins.

But that was as close as the Wolverines would get.

By the next media timeout the Hawkeyes lead was back to 14, expanding to as many as 21 on Michigan’s home floor. Iowa shot 72-percent (18-of-25) from the field in the second half, just shy of 63-percent for the game.

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