Sports

Kriener sparks Iowa win over Michigan

Sat 1-18-2020

From staff and AP reports

IOWA CITY - Spirit Lake graduate Ryan Kriener came off the bench to score 14 points in Iowa's 90-83 Big 10 men's basketball win over No. 19 Michigan Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

He scored 11 points in a three-minute stretch in the first half and finished 6-for-8 from the floor including a three-pointer that gave Iowa an 83-79 lead with 3:05 remaining.

"Kriener was spectacular, so it starts with that," said said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. "I thought his three might have been the biggest shot of the game. In the first half he was the difference in that big run, but it gives you more options of some things we can run on offense.

"It's good if we're playing zone to have two big guys out there to contest and rebound in traffic. The thing about it is both Kriener and (Luka) Garza can make threes, can pass and catch. There are times when you want to be smaller, but going big is not a bad way to go for us, especially with those guys."

Kriener also had three assists and two rebounds.

For the season, Kriener is averaging more than 17 minutes per game. He's averaging 7.8 points per game, shooting .632 from the field (55-87) and .767 from the free-throw line (23-30).

Kriener averages 4.3 rebounds per game and has 18 assists, nine blocks and seven steals.

Iowa is 13-5 overall, 4-3 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes will Rutgers Wednesday.