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Final - Iowa 71, Michigan 61
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Style points be damned, Iowa will take this victory any way it can get it.
The Hawkeyes looked impressive in a victory for the first time in nearly a month, beating Michigan 71-61 at Crisler Arena. It ended a four-game losing streak in the team’s regular-season finale.
Iowa (21-9, 12-6 Big Ten) led Michigan (20-11, 10-8) by 15 points midway through the second half then limped across the finish line. The Hawkeyes went six minutes between scores, which allowed the Wolverines to cut their deficit to five points. But the Hawkeyes were able to end the game in strong fashion.
An Anthony Clemmons 3-pointer extended Iowa’s lead to eight points. After Michigan center Mark Donnal’s layup cut Iowa’s lead to six points, forward Jarrod Uthoff took an inbound pass at midcourt, zoomed for a layup and was fouled. He converted the traditional three-point play to put Iowa up nine and essentially end the game.
Uthoff scored 29 points on a day where he was named one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, which is given to the top player nationally with at least a 2.0 grade-point-average. He was 11 of 19 shooting with four 3-pointers. He also grabbed seven rebounds.
Uthoff joins Duke’s Shane Battier (1999-00, 2000-01) as the second player nationally the last 20 years to average two blocks and two 3-pointers per game.
Iowa started aggressively out of the chute and hit six of its first nine shots to take a 15-5 lead. But outside of Uthoff. the Hawkeyes were cold the rest of the half. Iowa knocked down just eight of 26 the rest of the half.
Uthoff scored 16 in the first half, knocking down six of 11 shots. Iowa center Adam Woodbury grabbed 11 rebounds to fall just two shy of tying for the Big Ten crown. Woodbury added nine points, and Clemmons finished with 12.
Iowa can earn the No. 4 seed and a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament if Maryland beats Indiana and Purdue tops Wisconsin on Sunday. Otherwise Iowa is the No. 5 seed.
The fifth seed plays around 2:30 p.m. Thursday against the winner of Wednesday’s 12-13 game. The fourth seed has a double bye and doesn’t play until 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Iowa swept Michigan for the first time since 1996 and only the third time since 1967. Iowa has won four straight in the series.
-- Scott Dochterman
2:58 2nd - Iowa 64, Michigan 56
Iowa went six minutes without a point before its guards stepped up with two big-time plays.
After Michigan cut the lead to five, Mike Gesell got a steal and layup.
Derrick Walton answered for Michigan, then Anthony Clemmons followed with a 3 for the current eight-point margin.
A good sign for Hawkeye fans after so many end-of-game struggles lately, most recently missing 11 of its last 12 shots in a loss to Indiana.
6:29 2nd - Iowa 59, Michigan 52
An 8-0 Michigan run cuts Iowa's lead to seven and leads Fran McCaffery to call a timeout and not let this one get away.
Jarrod Uthoff is up to 24 points for the Hawkeyes but Iowa hasn't scored in 3:44 of game time.
11:53 2nd - Iowa 55, Michigan 44
Iowa scored on eight consecutive possessions to grab its largest lead of the game.
Peter Jok's turnover stopped the run.
The scoring sequence:
16:34 - Ahmad Wagner layup
16:08 - Anthony Clemmons layup
15:25 - Jarrod Uthoff jumper
14:55 - Clemmons jumper
14:21 - Uthoff jumper
13:33 - Uthoff jumper
13:02 - Mike Gesell dunk
12:46 - Adam Woodbury layup
14:07 2nd - Iowa 49, Michigan 42
Iowa made six of its first nine shots in the second half to maintain its lead.
Half of Michigan's baskets are 3-pointers. Iowa leads 49-42 but getting outrebounded 30-20.