Iowa Men's Basketball

Iowa basketball topples No. 5 Michigan

Hawkeyes build big first-half lead and brings home 74-59 win

Iowa used a 21-2 run to take a 42-29 halftime lead, and proceeded to defeat fifth-ranked Michigan Friday night in men’s basketball at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 74-59.

Trailing 17-12, the No. 25 Hawkeyes ran off 13 straight points, the last six from freshman guard Joe Wieskamp.

Wieskamp banked in a 3-pointer with 3:19 left in the half to give Iowa its biggest lead, 38-24.

Iowa’s Ryan Kriener came off the bench to amass 11 points and seven rebounds in the first half. Tyler Cook set an aggressive tone for the Hawkeyes’ drawing six fouls in the first nine minutes. Iowa out-rebounded the Wolverines in the half, 26-12.

Michigan closed to within 54-49 midway through the second half, but Iowa’s Luka Garza scored eight points in a stretch of 2:29 to help the Hawkeyes open a 67-51 lead, and the margin was double-figures the rest of the way.

Garza had 19 points, Wieskamp 16 and Kriener 15. Wieskamp had a career-high five assists. Kriener had a career-high 10 rebounds.

Iowa is 6-5 in the Big Ten, 17-5 overall. Michigan fell to 9-2 and 20-2. It was the Wolverines’ third loss in their last 37 games. They had been allowing just 58 points per game in conference play.

The Hawkeyes resume play next Thursday night at Indiana.

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