Iowa City, Ia. — Jarryd Cole buried his face in his hands. Victory had slipped out of Iowa’s fingers. Again.
“It hurts,” Cole said.
Michigan’s 75-72 overtime victory Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was the third time in the last four contests that the Hawkeyes have had a chance to win or tie a game with their last possession.
Iowa has lost all three, two in overtime.
“Games like this, you look at what you could have done,” said Cole, Iowa’s lone senior.
They had chances. Success was more elusive. Iowa had a 65-63 lead when Michigan’s Jordan Morgan got an offensive rebound and was fouled with 12 seconds to play in regulation. Morgan, a 52.7 percent free-throw shooter, made them both.
Iowa point guard Bryce Cartwright’s double-pump driving layup in the final seconds over Stu Douglass was a touch too hard off the glass. Melsahn Basabe’s tip didn’t fall, and Michigan had second life.
Cartwright, who sprained his left ankle Thursday at Northwestern, said he didn’t have his normal lift on the shot because of the injury.
“I thought it was going in,” Cartwright said.
Later, with the Hawkeyes down three in the final seconds of overtime, Zach McCabe and Cartwright got potential game-tying 3-pointers off. McCabe’s was an airball. Cartwright caught it, dribbled back to the 3-point line and saw his shot bounce off the front of the rim.
Michigan got a career-high 30 points from freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr., 22 of them after halftime. Hardaway was five-of-seven from 3-point distance. Iowa was 2-of-17 as a team.
“He’s one of the best players in our league,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
Michigan’s 32-24 halftime deficit looked to be 35-24 when Cartwright banked in a 55-footer at the buzzer. After a lengthy review, official Ed Hightower ruled the ball was still in Cartwright’s fingertips when time expired.
“The door (to the locker room) was open, and we heard some boos,” Matt Gatens said. “That would have helped. It was a hell of a shot.”
Michigan coach John Beilein said his team was fortunate that Cartwright’s shot was disallowed.
“That’s the breaks of the game,” Beilein said. “If the ball leaves his hands a tenth of a second sooner, we’re sitting here and Fran is the winning coach.”
Darius Morris added 20 points and Morgan, another freshman, 18. The Wolverines improved to 17-11 overall and 7-8 in Big Ten play.
They wouldn’t have done it without Hardaway.
He scored 11 points in a 7-minute stretch of the second half that took Michigan from a 10-point deficit to a tie game.
“It would have been stupid not to go to him,” Beilein said. “He was making everything.”
Iowa got 19 points and eight rebounds from freshman forward Melsahn Basabe, but still fell to 10-17 overall and 3-11 in the Big Ten.
“It’s not fun, losing like that,” Gatens said.
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