Michigan started out shooting well but a cold spell and an inability to keep up with Iowa State’s frenetic pace resulted in a 77-70 upset victory for the Cyclones. With the loss Michigan falls to 2-1, while the Cyclones move to 3-0 with a big early season win.
The Hilton Center was rocking, and Michigan players were serenaded with unprintable chants. The Cyclones responded to their fans’ energy, and went on a run to put away Michigan late. The fans charged the court to celebrate the win, showing the magnitude of the non-conference game.
For the first half, the two teams looked evenly matched. Michigan started out hot, hitting on 4 of 7 threes before missing their next 8. Iowa State and Michigan exchanged blows throughout the first half, but the biggest story was the return of injured starters for both teams. Mitch McGary and Melvin Ejim came into the game with four minutes gone and both had immediate impacts. McGary scored 8 points while Ejim scored 12. The back and forth contest featured some ugly shooting percentages from beyond the arc, but made for entertaining basketball.
Spike Albrecht was the other catalyst for the Wolverines in the first half. After a series of turnovers from Caris LeVert, Derrick Walton Jr, and Zak Irvin; Albrecht dished to Jon Horford for a bucket and drove to the lane for one of his own. Michigan would end the half down one, but feeling good about their chances.
The Wolverines came out in the second half with a series of runs, looking to put the Cyclones away. Michigan took leads of 44-38 and 53-45 early in the half, but each time Iowa State responded to pull within three.
Glenn Robinson III was one of the main reasons for Michigan’s early second half success. Robinson had a first half plagued by turnovers and missed shots. After the second half started, Robinson was willing himself to the basket for rebounds and putbacks. He led Michigan with 8 boards on the night.
Where Robinson left off, Nik Stauskas picked up. Stauskas’ development as a facilitator and ball handler was evident in the second half. Every time he would miss a three, Stauskas would drive to the basket. In addition to a thunderous dunk, Stauskas had six assists. He would have had more if not for the team’s poor shooting in the first half. Stauskas led Michigan with 20 points.
Neither effort would be enough to overcome the Cyclone’s onslaught. Michigan continued to go up by three points throughout the half, but Iowa State finally tied the game at 62 with close to seven minutes left. The Cyclones would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the night. Michigan put up a fight, cutting the score to 69-68 late. Missed shots at the end of the game resulted in a lot of fouling, and Iowa State was essentially padding stats as they shot free throws to close out the game.
- Derrick Walton Jr. was Michigan’s the second leading scorer on the night with 13. Despite poor shooting from three point range, he showed a strong ability to get to the cup.
- This was the second straight game where Jordan Morgan found his minutes reduced. The return of McGary may mean even less time for the fifth-year senior.
- Caris LeVert had his first quiet game of the season, tallying 5 points and six rebounds.
- Michigan shot a paltry 27% for beyond the arc.
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