|#2 Michigan (15-0, 2-0)||46||49||95|
|Iowa (11-4, 0-2)||35||32||67|
There was a time when Michigan let weaker teams hang around and had to struggle to win. It may happen sometime this season, but that time was not today. The Wolverines got off to a slow start, but dominated the final 30 minutes to beat Iowa by 28 at home on Sunday afternoon.
Iowa started the game with a 7-0 lead before Jordan Morgan got Michigan on the board at the 17:45 mark. Glenn Robinson III recorded the first dunk of the game a minute later, but Iowa responded with a three. The teams traded baskets for the next couple of minutes before Robinson gave Michigan its first lead of the game at 17-16. Once again, Iowa answered with a three. But threes by Caris LeVert and Tim Hardaway Jr. with a Robinson free throw in between put Michigan ahead by three and the Wolverines would never trail again.
Michigan closed the first half with a 17-6 run in the final 3:12 to take a 46-35 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Michigan continued to pull away. Hardaway hit a three right out of the gate, and after Iowa hit a three of their own, Nik Stauskas drove to his left and threw down a two-handed dunk. It was all Michigan the rest of the way as the Wolverines widened the lead to as many as 35 points at 87-52. The Michigan offense was unstoppable in the second half, converting 20-of-35 shots en route to the 95-67 win.
Robinson led all scorers with 20 points and also recorded 10 rebounds to complete his first career double-double. Trey Burke also had a double-double with 19 points and a career high 12 assists. Hardaway added 19 points and Stauskas scored 13 on 3-of-6 three-point shooting. Mitch McGary scored just five points, but grabbed 11 rebounds and was the catalyst for turning the game from close to a route. LeVert added nine points in 15 minutes of action.
As a team, Michigan shot 58.1 percent from the field and hit 10-of-22 threes. Iowa shot 43.5 percent from the the field and hit just 7-of-20 three-point attempts. The Wolverines also out-rebounded Iowa 41-26, holding the Hawkeyes 15 below their season average.
Michigan hosts Nebraska on Wednesday night and will attempt to tie the record for the best start in program history. The game starts at 7pm and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
|Final Game Stats|
|01||Glenn Robinson III*||8-13||1-2||3-4||4||6||10||1||20||3||1||0||1||32|
|10||Tim Hardaway Jr.*||7-13||3-5||2-2||0||5||5||0||19||5||1||0||0||30|