Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nik Stauskas tallied 26 points, five
rebounds and five assists as the 21st-ranked Michigan Wolverines took down
their second straight top-10 foe with a 75-67 triumph over No. 10 Iowa from
Stauskas, who scored the last 11 points to carry the Wolverines (14-4, 6-0 Big
Ten) past then-No. 3 Wisconsin on Saturday, shot 8-of-14 from the floor in
Michigan's eighth straight win after losing at home to top-ranked Arizona on
Glenn Robinson III added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Jordan Morgan and
Zak Irvin posted 12 and 11 points, respectively. Spike Albrecht made his first
collegiate start, donating seven assists with a career-high four steals.
Melsahn Basabe netted 15 of his 17 points in the first half for Iowa (15-4,
4-2), which had its three-game winning streak snapped, while Aaron White
scored all but one of his 17 in the second. Roy Devyn Marble chipped in 13
points, but had two crucial turnovers down the stretch.
Basabe scored 11 of Iowa's first 17 points before checking out with the
Hawkeyes holding a three-point edge, but Stauskas' 4-for-4 start, including
his second triple at 8:22, knotted the score at 21-apiece. Robinson's
offensive board and putback on Stauskas' first miss from deep gave Michigan a
23-21 edge 12 minutes into the game.
The lead changed hands six times with seven ties in the first half. Iowa led
31-30 at 4:11, but a Stauskas three-point play two minutes later capped a 6-0
surge. Neither team led by more than five in the period, with the Wolverines
owning a 38-34 lead at halftime.
Michigan built the game's first double digit advantage minutes into the
second half. It was 47-43 when Stauskas canned a corner three for his 21st
point. Robinson then drove the lane and threw down a two-handed jam and
Albrecht stole the ensuing inbounds pass and laid it in for a 54-43 edge at
14:05. Albrecht's bucket was his first 2-pointer since Nov. 29.
White scored every point during a 13-5 Hawkeyes push late in the contest.
His dunk at 2:32 cut Iowa's deficit to 67-64, but the visitors fell asleep on
the other end and lost Robinson, who laid in an alley-oop from Albrecht to
restore Michigan's two-possession lead.
Stauskas, Albrecht and Robinson all made two free throws in the final minute
to secure the outcome.
Stauskas has scored 20-plus points with at least four rebounds and four
assists in three straight games ... Morgan shot 5-of-6 for the field. He is
now shooting 22-for-26 in conference play ... The Wolverines travel to East
Lansing for a meeting with Michigan State, which is also unbeaten in
conference play, on Saturday ... Iowa lost for the first time this season when
trailing at halftime.
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