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IOWA CITY — A four-point play got Iowa to overtime, and the Hawkeyes pulled away in overtime for a 93-84 win over Michigan Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Payton Sandfort made a 3-pointer and was fouled with 20 seconds left in the second half. He made his free throw to tie the game at 79, Iowa got a defensive stop, the game went to overtime, and the Hawkeyes took over.
Iowa scored the first eight points of the overtime. Sandfort had seven points in the OT and a career-high 26. Teammate Kris Murray scored 27.
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The win was Iowa’s third straight and elevated it to 3-3 in the Big Ten, 11-6 overall. Michigan is 3-2 and 9-7.
Michigan freshman guard Jett Howard, the son of Wolverines head coach/former star Juwan Howard, poured in a career-high 34 points.
Fellow freshman Dug McDaniel hit 3-pointers at the 5:41 and 3:09 marks that stopped a pair of Wolverine scoring droughts. Michigan led 77-70 with 2:23 left, but the Hawkeyes’ 9-2 run tied the game.
Iowa led just once in the second half, on a Sandfort 3-pointer with 14:42 left. But Howard sank a 3 18 seconds later, and made another two minutes later.
Howard matched his previous career-high of 21 points in the first half alone, helping the Wolverines to a 43-40 lead at the break.
Howard made his first six shots before the game was 10 minutes old. Five were 3-pointers, equaling his career-high in that department.
The Wolverines’ largest lead in the half was 28-22, but freshmen Josh Dix and Dasonte Bowen helped the Hawkeyes even the score at 30. Dix had eight of his career-high 10 points in the half.
Michigan shot 52.9 percent in the first half to Iowa’s 42.9 and was 7-of-13 from 3-point, but didn’t get a free throw try before the break.
Little-used sophomore center Riley Mulvey gave the Hawkeyes six good first-half minutes. He didn’t back down against Michigan’s 7-foot-1 Hunter Dickinson.
Iowa’s next game is here against Maryland (2-3, 11-5) Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
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