Michigan Loses at Iowa 69-61

Iowa's star guard was held to just 2 points in the first meeting between the Wolverines and the Hawkeyes this season in Crisler Arena. This time, playing at home, he exploded for 13 second half points to lead Iowa to the victory over the Wolverines.

The first half was all Iowa for the first 12 minutes. The Hawkeyes led 23-14 at the 8:36 mark as Michigan made their usual mistakes during a bad streak: shooting too many quick three pointers (the Wolverines came into the game last in the Big Ten in 3-pointers, 31%, and were 2-10 for the half), and committing too many turnovers (14 overall in the half).

But then the Wolverines went to a zone defense, and it was the Hawkeyes' turn to make the turnovers (13 for the half) and shoot to poorly. Iowa went one for their last ten shots over the last 7 minutes of the half, and Michigan took the lead at the two minute mark, 30-18. The Wolverines went into the locker room leading, 32-28.

The second half was simple, and deadly for Michigan. Daniel Horton played in foul trouble, and fouled out with 4:06 remaining. And the guy Horton was guarding, Iowa star Jeff Horner, took advantage. After being held to four points in the first half (and, by the way, Horton held him to just 2 points for the whole game in their first meeting earlier in the season), Horner exploded at the 14:30 mark for three 3-pointers and 13 points overall in the second stanza -- leading Iowa on an 18-6 run from to break the game open. Iowa led 56-45 with 6:40 to go, and cruised in for the win.

Michigan falls to13-8 for the season, and 4-6 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines' next game is Wednesday night at home versus Penn State, the start of a four-game home stretch.

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