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Iowa basketball controls from start to finish in Michigan win

Iowa basketball controls from start to finish in Michigan win

A few weeks ago, Iowa men’s basketball had a sour taste in its mouth thanks to the Michigan Wolverines. On February 17, Michigan handed Iowa an 84-79 loss at Iowa City. Since then, Iowa has won four straight and traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan in hopes of returning the favor.

The stakes were high: Iowa needed a win to stay in the Big Ten’s top four teams and Michigan, one of the “last 4 players” by NCAA Tournament projections, desperately needed a win. marquee win on his senior night. In a game that both teams needed to win, Iowa made the necessary winning plays in stride and got their revenge.

Iowa beat Michigan 82-71 for its fifth straight win and eighth win in nine games. With the win, Iowa moves to 22-8 overall and 12-7 in Big Ten play while Michigan drops to 16-13 overall and 10-9 in the Big Ten.

From the first tip, it was clear this would be one of those nights for Iowa sophomore Keegan Murray. The Big Ten and National Player of the Year contender had his first three attempts, including two three-pointers and midway through the first half he edged the Wolverines on his own with a 13-9.

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon (3) passes Michigan guard Eli Brooks (55) in the first half, Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

But he was not the only contributor. Kris Murray provided an immediate spark off the bench. After going scoreless in the first half of Iowa’s last four games, Kris scored eight first-half points and three rebounds. And the Hawkeyes starting backcourt of Jordan Bohannon and Tony Perkins combined for 16 points in the first half. Iowa’s 47 points in the first half is an impressive mark, but it was on defense that they made their mark in the first half.