- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Aaron White nearly rallied Iowa past Michigan all by himself.

Then he took responsibility for the loss when the late surge turned out to be too little, too late.

“I’m really disappointed in myself, because this is the second game in a row that I haven’t shown up until late in the game,” White said. “I’m supposed to be one of the top players in this league, but I’m not making an impact until it is too late. I can’t allow myself to keep doing that.”

White scored 14 of Iowa’s points in a row down the stretch, but the 10th-ranked Hawkeyes fell short in a 75-67 loss to 21st-ranked Michigan on Wednesday night. Iowa trailed by 11 before White began asserting himself around the basket.

Nik Stauskas scored 26 points for Michigan. The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) have won eight straight to set up a showdown in East Lansing on Saturday night with rival Michigan State, the Big Ten’s only other unbeaten team in conference play.

White and Melsahn Basabe scored 17 points each for Iowa (15-4, 4-2). Glenn Robinson III had 14 points for Michigan and Jordan Morgan added 12.

The Wolverines are without star big man Mitch McGary, who is out indefinitely with a back injury, but they matched the tall Hawkeyes at 10 offensive rebounds. Iowa committed 14 turnovers and couldn’t shoot well enough to make up for it. The Hawkeyes equaled their lowest-scoring game of the season.

“You can’t turn it over 14 times here,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “I mean, unless you’re drilling 3s.”

Iowa went only 2 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Third-ranked Michigan State will be the third straight top-10 opponent for Michigan, which beat then-No. 3 Wisconsin on Saturday. The win over Iowa gave the Wolverines back-to-back victories over top-10 teams - without any games in between - for the first time since the Fab Five beat No. 5 North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas in succession in December of 1992, according to STATS.

Stauskas made his first four shots, and Michigan led 38-34 at halftime.

“He’s one of the top players in the league, but he’s not just a shooter this year,” White said. “He’s got that ability to beat you off the dribble, so you have to pick your poison against him. That has added a lot to his game.”

The Wolverines went on a quick run early in the second half: Stauskas made a 3-pointer from the left corner, Robinson drove for a dunk, and Spike Albrecht stepped in front of the ensuing inbound pass for a steal and a quick basket that made it 54-43.

“I’ve seen that in film. They get some long outlet passes for some transitions,” Albrecht said. “I just kind of sat there and jumped in.”

Albrecht started in place of freshman Derrick Walton, who had been bothered by the flu and was limited to three minutes. Albrecht, who became a household name with his big first half in last season’s national title game against Louisville, had seven points, seven assists and four steals Wednesday.

Michigan freshman Zak Irvin made a 3-pointer and a layup to put the Wolverines ahead 62-51. Then White scored seven straight points. Devyn Marble missed a 3-pointer that would have cut the deficit to one, but it was 67-64 after a dunk by White.

With a Michigan possession seemingly going nowhere, Albrecht found Robinson behind the defense for an alley-oop layup to push the lead to five and help the Wolverines hold on to snap Iowa’s three-game winning streak.

“They do a nice job of guarding me, but I just didn’t do anything. That’s unacceptable,” White said. “Once they got it to eight or 10 points, they were perfectly happy to just trade baskets with us, and we couldn’t get anything started.”



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