Score: Ohio State 65, #25 Michigan 58
Records: U-M (13-5, 3-3 Big Ten), Ohio State (13-3, 3-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Jan. 20 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 9 p.m.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Donning blue 1989 replica uniforms in honor of the 20th anniversary of U-M's last national championship, the No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's basketball team led 44-42 with 7:01 to play but relinquished the lead and fell to Ohio State, 65-58, on Saturday night (Jan. 17) at Crisler Arena. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) had a game-high 21 points to lead the Maize and Blue and freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) chipped in 12 points, while junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) reached double figures with 10.
Ohio State jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, knocking down the first three shots of the contest, the final of the trio being a three-point basket.
The Buckeyes lead hovered around seven points until Douglass and sophomore guard Kelvin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) each canned a trifecta on consecutive offense trips for the Maize and Blue, cutting the Ohio State lead to 17-14 with 11:26 left in the half.
Ohio State responded by going on a 6-0 run to push its advantage to 23-14 and its lead grew to as much as 11, 27-16, with 3:38 remaining in the opening stanza.
From that point, the Wolverines went on a 9-2 run, sparked by a pair of free throwsfrom both Sims and Harris as well as a long-distance triple from Harris. Ohio State carried a 29-25 lead into the intermission; Harris led all scorers with nine in the first half.
After Ohio State opened the second half with a three-pointer, Harris exploded to score the next seven points, capped by a tomahawk dunk off a steal to tie the game, 32-32, with 14:43 to play and force an Ohio State timeout.
Michigan then took its first lead of the contest as Sims floated in a four-footer to put the Maize and Blue on top, 34-32, with 13:39 remaining. A pair of long-range bombs by Douglass propelled Michigan to a 44-40 advantage, but Ohio State responded with a back-breaking 17-3 run to take a 57-47 lead with just over a minute to play.
The Wolverines made a trio of threes in the final minute, but it was not enough as Ohio State came away with the road win.
Evan Turner led three Buckeyes in double figures with 19 points, while William Buford and B.J. Mullens each added 15 for Ohio State.
The Maize and Blue is back on the road this Tuesday (Jan. 20) as it plays Penn State at 9 p.m. in State College, Pa. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423