Score: Ohio State 72, Michigan 54
Records: U-M (14-7, 4-5 Big Ten), OSU (14-5, 4-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 31 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 1 p.m.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite a valiant second-half effort, the University of Michigan men's basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start and cold first-half shooting, falling to Ohio State, 72-54, on Wednesday night (Jan. 28) at the Value City Arena. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) led the Maize and Blue with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
The Buckeyes shot 56.8 percent (25-of-44) for the contest and held U-M to just 30.6 percent (15-of-49).
With an early 8-4 advantage, Ohio State went on an 11-0 run to take a 19-4 lead, holding the Maize and Blue scoreless for over six minutes. The Wolverines scored the next five points on a basket by Harris and an old-fashioned three-point play by junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS), cutting the Ohio State lead to 10 midway through the first half. Sims finished the game with 13 points.
Ohio State gradually built its lead and took a 36-18 lead into the intermission. OSU's Evan Turner led the Buckeyes with 14 points in the opening stanza, while Sims had nine to lead U-M. Ohio State shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) in the first 20 minutes compared to the Wolverines' five field goals and 20.0-percent shooting percentage.
After being unable to make a three-pointer in the first half, the Wolverines came out firing from long distance as sophomore/freshman guard Laval Lucas Perry(Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic HS) made a pair of trifectas and Harris added another in the first four minutes of the second half.
Freshman guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) and sophomore guard Kelvin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) then connected from long range as the Maize and Blue cut Ohio State's lead to 47-36 with 13:12 to play in the second half.
The aggressive Wolverines then began to work their way to the free-throw line and Harris cut the Ohio State lead to single digits, 53-44, with a pair of free throws with 8:32 remaining.
U-M was unable to cut the Ohio State advantage any further, however, as the Buckeyes went on to the victory.
Turner led all scorers with 24. Ohio State's Jeremie Simmons and B.J. Mullens each added 12.
The Wolverines will next travel to Purdue on Saturday (Jan. 31) to take on the No. 16-ranked Boilermakers at the Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423