Jeffrey Becker, USA TODAY

Michigan drops Big Ten opener in overtime against Iowa 86-83

The Big Ten season opens with a whimper for Michigan as the Wolverines lose to Iowa in overtime 86-83.

New year, new Michigan? Not exactly.

The Wolverines (10-4, 0-1) opened up the Big Ten season on New Year's Day against Iowa only to relinquish a late lead and lose in overtime 86-83 to the Hawkeyes (9-7, 1-1). U-M senior forward Zak Irvin drained a three-pointer with 24 seconds left in a whirlwind of a second half to put the Wolverines up by two. The Hawkeyes answered with a layup by Cordell Pemsl to set up the overtime period.

In overtime, two late free throws by Petr Jok with 19 seconds left sealed the deal for Iowa with the Wolverines unable to respond on the other end to set up double overtime.

Jok, who led the way with 25 points, was the difference maker on the court on Sunday. He made a handful of big shots and was an issue for the Wolverines.

U-M also squandered a career game from forward D.J. Wilson, who finished the game with a career-high 28 points and 14 rebounds. Seniors Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin did not have an impact on the game many expect from the senior leaders, Walton finished the game with 13 points and Irvin finished with 12. 

The Wolverines return to the Crisler Center on Wednesday, Jan. 4 to take on Penn State. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on BTN.


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