Iowa Men's Basketball

Iowa men's basketball at Michigan: Box score, highlights, live updates recap

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

The Iowa Hawkeyes fell to the Michigan Wolverines in Friday's Big Ten men's basketball opener at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Final score: No. 4 Michigan (8-1, 1-0) 103, Iowa (6-3, 0-1) 91

Box score

Luka Garza got 44, but Michigan got 103 ... and the win over Iowa

Turning point:After trailing 50-38 at halftime, Iowa stuck around and chipped away, cutting the lead to 78-71 on Joe Toussaint's layup with 7:38 to play. Michigan put point guard Zavier Simpson — who sat the previous eight minutes with foul trouble — back in after the ensuing media timeout and he immediately fired back-to-back passes to big man Austin Davis for two-handed slams to make it 82-71 Wolverines. Iowa never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

MVP:It has to be Luka Garza, even in a losing effort as six Wolverines scored in double figures. The Big Ten's leading scorer put up 44 points on 17-for-32 shooting, the most points for an Iowa player since John Johnson set the all-time record with 49 in a Feb. 24, 1970 game against Northwestern. Garza was 10 of 13 from the free-throw line and also grabbed eight rebounds.

Key stat:3-15.For all of Garza's superlatives, the outside game wasn't there as Michigan routinely drove the Hawkeyes off the 3-point line. Iowa finished 3 of 15 from deep (Garza himself was 0 for 3) as it was unable to keep pace with Michigan, which was 10 of 24 on 3s.

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Up next:Big Ten play continues Monday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena as Iowa hosts Minnesota (4-4, 0-0). It's the Gophers' conference opener.

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