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Game Report: Hawkeyes Rally past No. 19 Michigan

January 18, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – No. 19 Michigan hit Iowa with a flurry of shots Friday night here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The visitors learned it takes a lot to knock out these Hawkeyes.

They withstood a 14-2 run that put Michigan up seven points with less than 10 minutes to play for a 90-83 victory, avenging a 103-91 loss in Ann Anbor last month. A third win in a row improved their record to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten.

All-American candidate Luka Garza led four Iowa players in double figures with 33 points. He scored 44 in the first meeting between these two teams. He drew an incredible 12 fouls Friday.

“He’s a very skilled basketball player,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s proven that he’s one of the best college basketball players in the country.”

C.J. Fredrick (21 points) and Joe Wieskamp (20) combined to go 6 of 9 on shots from behind the three-point arc. Ryan Kriener, who sparked Iowa in the first half with 11 points off the bench, finished with 14. Connor McCaffery pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds and his five assists tied Bakari Evelyn for a team best.

The Hawkeyes started the game with a smaller lineup but ended up playing a lot with big men Garza and Kriener running together.

“It gives you more options of some things we can run on offense. It’s good if we’re playing zone to have two big guys out there to contest and rebound in traffic. The thing about it is both those guys can make threes, can pass and catch,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

“There’s times when you want to be smaller, but going big is not a bad way to go for us, especially with those guys.”

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Michigan held a seven-point lead with under 10 minutes to play. The crowd that made it through the snow storm was on the edge of its seat, hushed.

“We looked at each other during a timeout and said it was time to make a run,” Kriener said.

The Hawkeyes did just that.

Frederick kicked things off with a three-pointer.

“It almost felt like a busted play, but I knew Luka or Ryan would come set a flare screen,” he said.

Garza took care of it.

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“We understand what each other needs. That was a huge shot,” he said.

Michigan (11-6, 2-4) pushed its advantage back to six, but Garza hit a trey and then a jumper before Fredrick drained another three-pointer. The Hawkeyes were up 76-74 with 5:26 remaining in the game and never trailed again. The Wolverines pushed back a few times, but the home team always answered.

Iowa feasted at the foul line, making 27 of 30 attempts. The visitors were 4 of 5 on foul shots, which had Howard questioning those totals.

“We drove to the basket. We went there hard; didn’t shy away from contact,” he said.

Fran McCaffery offered his explanation for the discrepancy.

“We played a lot of zone for sort of the middle portion of the game, the second half of the first half and most of the first half of the second half. That’ll typically keep you out of foul trouble,” he said.

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The Hawkeyes dished out 22 assists on 27 field goals. They held a 38-25 advantage on rebounds, and offset Michigan’s 11 three-pointers with nine of their own.

TIP-INS

-Iowa has won seven of its last nine games, dating back to Dec. 9.

-Friday was Iowa’s third win over a ranked opponent this season (#12 Texas Tech; #12 Maryland; #19 Michigan).

-Iowa trailed Michigan, 74-68, with 7:44 left in the second half and went on a 10-0 run and never trailed the remainder of the game.

-Iowa improved to 8-1 at home, winning seven straight contests.

-Garza topped 30 points in a game for the fourth time this season.

-Garza’s 11 free throws made Friday were a career high.

-Wieskamp’s consecutive free throw streak was snapped at 25 straight. Wieskamp was 9-of-10 from the line Friday, making his first nine attempts before missing attempt No. 10.

-Fredrick’s 21 points matched a career high.

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