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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
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.
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.
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
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.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) March 6, 2016
After Jarrod Uthoff propelled Iowa to an early lead, Peter Jok gave the Hawkeyes a nice burst at the end of the half.
Consecutive 3-pointers from Jok, who has eight points at the break, helped Iowa go up six.
Iowa runs sloppy offense when it has a chance to extend lead. Michigan rebounds, calls TO with 12.7 seconds left.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) March 6, 2016
Iowa missed its final five shots of the half, but Michigan didn't scorer in the last 2:38, with Derrick Walton air-balling a contested 3 at the buzzer.
It's been a mostly even game so far with both teams shooting 40 percent. Iowa is 6 of 19 from deep, Michigan 5 for 19.
Uthoff leads all scorers with 16. Andrew Donnal paces Michigan with seven.
Iowa jumped out to a 10-point lead twice in the first nine minutes before Michigan rallied to get within one. The Wolverines have led just once, 3-0.
A 11-2 Michigan run brought the Wolverines within one and the Crisler Center on its feet.
But Jarrod Uthoff knocked down his fourth triple of the game to stem the tide and boost the lead back to four.
Michigan answered with an Andrew Donnal layup, then Iowa freshman Christian Williams knocked down a floater and will have a chance for a 3-point play after the media timeout.
Jarrod Uthoff is feeling it.
The Iowa senior has 13 points in the first 9 1/2 minutes at Michigan, leading the Hawkeyes to a 10-point lead at the second media timeout.
Uthoff is 5 of 6 from the field, including 3 for 4 from 3-point range.
Seeing a lot more ball screens from Iowa than usual. Wonder if that's something Fran is working in.— Big Ten Geeks (@bigtengeeks) March 6, 2016
Michigan's Duncan Robinson opened the scoring with a 3 in transition, but Iowa answered with a 14-2 run.
Jarrod Uthoff scored the Hawkeyes' first five, and Mike Gesell followed with a jumper for a 7-3 lead.
Uthoff's second trey of the game made it 12-5 and Adam Woodbury followed with a layup plus the foul. He'll shoot the free throw after the media timeout.
Obviously a good sign that Uthoff being aggressive offensively early after not having a scoring impact at the end of the game against Indiana.
Iowa attacking on offense and showing no hesitancy. It's reminiscent of earlier this season. Woodbury scores and is fouled. Iowa up 14-5— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) March 6, 2016
Matchup: No. 15 Iowa (20-9, 11-6) at Michigan (20-10, 10-7)
Time: 7:06 p.m.
TV: BTN (Online: BTN2Go)
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