Iowa forward Tyler Cook discusses his offseason plan after his sophomore year ended at the Big Ten Tournament. Chad Leistikow/The Register
NEW YORK — Their 2017-18 basketball season wasn’t what they thought it would be. But nobody can say the Hawkeyes didn’t fight to the finish.
Iowa delivered a stirring rally to force overtime in Thursday’s second-round game at the Big Ten Tournament but ultimately fell short in a 77-71 loss to Michigan.
Duncan Robinson’s 3-pointer with 2:17 to go in overtime put the Wolverines ahead, 72-70, and they hung on from there to finish off Iowa’s season.
Iowa wound up 14-19, the program's first losing season in seven years, when Fran McCaffery's first Hawkeye team went 11-20.
The Hawkeyes got to overtime after back-to-back 3-pointers from Nicholas Baer and Jordan Bohannon — the latter from deep range with 16 seconds to go — chopped away Michigan’s 67-61 lead in the final minute at Madison Square Garden.
In the extra period, Iowa had two chances to tie in the final minute. Down 74-71, Luka Garza lined up a top-of-the-key 3 with 24 seconds left but it fell short off the front iron.
After two Michigan free-throw misses, Isaiah Moss had his own shot to tie. But his 3-pointer from the right wing misfired with 13 seconds left.
“We had great looks from really good shooters," McCaffery said, "really good players. ... I thought (Moss') was going in.”
Ryan Kriener led Iowa with 14 points off the bench. Garza and Tyler Cook scored 13 apiece.
Iowa’s freshman center was emotional after a 77-71 loss to Michigan. Chad Leistikow/The Register
Bohannon, after going for 25 points in the Hawkeyes' first-round win Wednesday against Illinois, suffered a hip pointer in the second half and finished with 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting.
The Hawkeyes quickly turned a surprising 40-35 halftime lead against No. 5 seed Michigan into a six-point deficit.
An 11-0 Michigan run in the first 2:17 of the second half — five easy buckets and a free throw in five possessions — turned the tide in this one. It was that type of run that have crushed the Hawkeyes all season.
Michigan (25-7) would miss its first 12 3-point attempts and star forward Mo Wagner fouled out with 4:37 left in regulation. But no matter. The Wolverines won anyway, and Iowa's season was over ... in five New York overtime minutes.