Jan. 13, 2013
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Value City Arena)
Score: #15 Ohio State 56, #2 Michigan 53
Records: U-M (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten), OSU (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 17 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 6 p.m. CST (TV: ESPN)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After trailing by as many as 21 points in the first half, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 2 AP/No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) rallied to tie the game in the second half at 46-all but could not take the lead from Ohio State (No. 15 AP/No. 14 ESPN/USA Today) and suffered its first loss of the season, 56-53, on Sunday (Jan. 13) inside Value City Arena.
Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) scored a team-high 15 points, while junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) also finished in double-digit scoring with 12 points.
Michigan shot 18-of-47 (38 percent) from the floor while holding Ohio State to just 22-of-50 (44 percent) from the field for the game after a 52-percent (14-of-27) first-half shooting mark.
With U-M trailing 37-27 five minutes into the second half, freshman guard Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) stole the ball, and freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) converted a layup on the other end to cut Ohio State's lead to single digits for the first time since the 13:53 mark in the first half. The teams exchanged baskets for the next seven minutes of the game until Burke found Hardaway for an alley-oop, which started a 10-2 U-M run.
Burke nailed a fastbreak jumper to cut Michigan's deficit to just 44-40 with 7:30 to play. Then, Hardaway knocked down a triple out of a media timeout and forced Ohio State into an offensive foul on the other end. Ohio State responded with a basket to go up three, but freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (>St. John, Ind./Lake Central) drained a three-point field goal to tie the game at the 5:59 mark.
The Buckeyes, however, scored the next six points, until Burke made two from the charity stripe with 1:37 left in the game. Robinson grabbed a steal on OSU's next possession and finished with a fastbreak one-handed slam to bring U-M within two, 52-50.
Michigan regained possession with less than a minute to play, but Burke's three-point attempt rolled in and out and the Wolverines were forced to send the Buckeyes to the free throw line down the stretch, and they converted four. With one second on the clock, Burke hit a three-pointer, and Michigan called a timeout to craft a final play, but Ohio State inbounded the ball and secured the win.
U-M knocked down the first basket of the game off a triple by Burke but was scoreless for the next seven minutes as OSU put together a 16-0 run, scoring seven points off the Wolverines' five turnovers. At the 12:16 mark, Burke found Robinson for another three-pointer, but the Buckeyes responded with an old-fashioned three-point play.
After Ohio State extended its lead to 20 (26-6), the Wolverines scored again with 9:07 on the clock but then went cold for another three minutes of play. With U-M trailing 29-11 with 4:15 to play in the half, Hardaway dished it to senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) under the basket for a dunk, sparking a 4-for-5 shooting run into the break. Albrecht scored seven points in the last six minutes of the half to help Michigan cut its deficit to 12 (34-22) as the clock ran out.
The Wolverines will return to the floor on Thursday (Jan. 17) when they travel to play Minnesota at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised on ESPN.
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