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January 6, 2013Iowa scored a touchdown and added an extra point before Michigan scored Sunday, even before many U-M fans had found their seats at Crisler Center. The Wolverines weathered the storm, however, put together a late run at the end of the first half and pounded the Hawkeyes, 95-67.
It wasn't as easy as the score indicated, at least in the first half. Sophomore point guard Trey Burke didn't score in the first 10 minutes, while Iowa picked on frosh Nik Stauskas on dribble drives and did some damage on the offensive glass and in the paint to match U-M score for score. Some might argue the Hawkeyes played about as well as they could have through 18 minutes or so - they shot 42.9 percent in the first half and had a number of open looks from long range (though they made only four of 13).
U-M, meanwhile, was out of sync on offense. Iowa pressed early, but Michigan's guards handled it well. The Wolverines just didn't shoot well in the first 10 minutes, and it was still 29-all in with 3:30 to go in the half.
Freshman Mitch McGary's energy helped change the game. He started a break with a rejection on a dunk, grabbed five rebounds, began a number of other breaks with great outlets and finished the half with a steal and outlet to Robinson III for a lay-up with one second remaining to put Michigan up 46-35 at the break.
Michigan scored 27 points in the final seven minutes of the half, several in transition, to open it up. Stauskas hit a long three, Burke scored in transition and Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Glenn Robinson III also finished on the break.
The Wolverines shot 59.3 percent from the floor and were 5-for-9 from three-point range, turning it over only three times (to 12 assists). Robinson notched 14 points and five rebounds, Burke nine points and six assists, Hardaway nine points and four assists, LeVert five points and McGary four in the half.
Hardaway Jr. opened the second half scoring with a triple to expand the lead to 14. They left Mike Gesell alone in the corner, though, for a triple of his own.
Stauskas then took over with two impressive drives and finishes, a two-hand, sneakily athletic jam from the left side and spin dribble and finish in the lane. Hardaway nailed another triple and the rout was on, even though Stauskas missed two straight threes on the next two possessions.
A Burke step back two made it 60-42, and his long alley-oop to Robinson opened it up to 20 points. It got so bad that Iowa coach Fran McCaffery subbed in a second five early in the second to make a point.
Michigan continued to pour it on. McGary continued to play well, starting several more breaks with five more quick rebounds and outlets. Burke found Hardaway in transition and finished a break of his own to put U-M up 75-50 at 7:31. The Wolverines scored the next seven to expand the lead to 32 points.
Burke left at 3:49 after putting up 19 points and a career-high 12 assists. Robinson III led the scoring with 20 points and added 10 rebounds, Hardaway finished with 19 points and five boards, Stauskas with 13 on 3-for-6 shooting, LeVert with nine and McGary five points and 11 rebounds.
Michigan will look to tie the 1985-86 team with its 16th straight win to open the season when the Wolverines host Nebraska Wednesday night.