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Michigan 90, Iowa 84

1/28/2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Lester Abram scored 24 points and
Courtney Sims had a career-high 16 to lead Michigan to a 90-84 win
over Iowa on Wednesday night.

Daniel Horton had 15 points and seven assists for the Wolverines
(12-5, 3-3 Big Ten). Michigan's Dion Harris and Bernard Robinson
each scored 10.

Iowa (10-7, 3-3) had five players in double figures, led by
Pierre Pierce's 23 points and Glen Worley's 18.

The Wolverines led by double digits for much of the game but had
to make free throws to seal the win. Iowa rallied late to pull
within five on Worley's 3-pointer with 49.4 seconds left.

Iowa's Greg Brunner and Brody Boyd, who fouled out, each scored
13. Sean Sonderleiter had 12 points.

Michigan, which played its first home game in nearly two weeks,
has won two straight after losing three in a row. The Hawkeyes have
lost three of their last four games.

Abram was coming off a 19-point performance in a win at Penn
State, and Sims had his best game offensively.

Sims made five of his first six shots and had 11 points midway
through the first half. The freshman center scored 12 twice earlier
this season but hadn't reached double figures in his previous six
games.

The Wolverines led 11-2 and 31-20 before going cold. Iowa held
them scoreless for more than six minutes and scored 15 straight
points to take its first lead.

Michigan closed the first half with 13-2 run to go ahead 44-37
at halftime and had little trouble maintaining a cushion in the
second half.