After missing 6 games with a knee strain, Michigan guard Daniel Horton came into the game midway through the first half, just as Dion Harris' two consecutive three-pointers had made the score 16-13, Michigan. Horton promptly hit a turnaround two-pointer from the top of the key -- and the Wolverines roared to life.
Horton added two three-pointers in the half, and Michigan went into the locker room with a big lead, 44-30.
Iowa (12-2, 0-1) shot miserably in the game, hitting just 37% of their shots and 25% on three pointers, but the Hawkeyes opened the second half with a run and came within a point of the Wolverines, 48-47 at the 11:40 mark. Led by Brent Petway's six points down the stretch, Michigan maintained a slender lead.
At the 1:51 mark Iowa's Jeff Horner made a three-pointer to tie the game 59-59. But Michigan's John Andrews stepped up in the last minute, hitting four straight free throws and getting a big defensive rebound.
With 9 seconds left Michigan led 65-62 when Iowa's Pierre Pierce was fouled attempting a three-pointer. He missed two of his 3 free throws, and Michigan had their big Big Ten opening victory.
This was a huge win for Michigan:
- a win in their Big Ten opener;
- a win on the road against one of the conference favorites;
- a momentum-win with Daniel Horton coming back.
Michigan wins their third straight to go to 9-5 on the season, 1-0 in the Big Ten.
- Brent Petway led the Wolverines in scoring with 14, and added four blocked shots.
- Courtney Sims contributed 10 points and led Michigan with 13 rebounds.
- Daniel Horton added 13 points and 2 assists.
- Dion Harris had 12 points.
- Michigan outrebounded Iowa 35 to 25 and shot .467 from 3-point land to overcame 21 turnovers in the game.
Next up for the Wolverines: a home game Saturday versus Fairfield.
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