ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team improved to 11-10 on the season and 4-5 in Big 10 play with a dominating 60-46 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena. DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris each scored 20 for the Wolverines, and Sims added 12 boards.
Straight from the get-go the Wolverines established a double-digit lead it would never relinquish. Sims dominated inside in the opening minutes netting three layups over the first seven minutes, plus Manny Harris added two jumpers and Stu Douglass connected from three-point land to spot Michigan a quick 13-0 lead.
Eric May ended the Michigan run with a pair of free throws to get Iowa on the board almost seven minutes into the contest. Douglass, Sims and Harris continued to sizzle though adding nine more sandwiched around a Devan Bawinkel three-pointer to make it 22-5 Michigan.
Michigan cooled over the closing seven minutes of the first half, but a cold shooting Hawkeye team could close to just with 29-17 in the final minutes of the stanza.
A 7-1 Michigan run to open the second half, two more buckets by DeShawn Sims and a triple by Zack Novak, helped Michigan build a 36-18 lead. Then, after a pair of Cully Payne free throws pulled the Hawkeyes back within 13 points, Harris and Sims combined to score eight more and give Michigan its first 20 point lead.
Over the remainder of the half the teams battled back and forth with the Hawkeyes closing within 14 for the final 60-46 margin.
Iowa was led by Aaron Fuller who finished with a team high 16 points and eight rebounds.
Michigan returns to the road on Tuesday night to try and avenge an early season loss to the Northwestern Wildcats on Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00.
Michigan Dominates Iowa 60-46
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