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Iowa's season ends with entertaining overtime loss to Michigan

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

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.

Michigan forward Moritz Wagner shoots of Iowa's Luka Garza during the first half of Wednesday's Big Ten Tournament game at Madison Square Garden.

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.

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.