Jan. 29, 2012
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Value City Arena)
Score: #4 Ohio State 64, #20 Michigan 49
Records: U-M (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten), OSU (19-3, 7-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Wednesday, Feb. 1 -- vs. Indiana (Crisler Center), 6:30 p.m. (TV: BTN)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 16-5 run by Ohio State (No. 4 AP/No. 3 USA Today) in the second half put the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 20 AP/No. 22 USA Today) into too large a deficit, as the Wolverines fell to the Buckeyes, 64-49, Sunday (Jan. 29) at Value City Arena.
Michigan scored a season-low 49 points on 19-of-53 (35.8 percent) shooting, including 8-of-25 (32.0 percent) from behind the three-point arc. Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) led U-M with 15 points and five rebounds.
With the Wolverines down 34-33 with 15:43 left in the game, Ohio State shot 5-of-8 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line over the next 5:36 to take a 50-38 lead. Senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) were the only Wolverines to record field goals over the stretch.
Coming out of halftime, Michigan grabbed the early momentum and tied the score, 26-26, with 18:56 remaining. Ohio State then responded with an 8-0 run to put Michigan in a 34-26 hole with 17:11 left. Burke responded with a layup, and then a jumper by Hardaway followed by a three-pointer by Burke brought the Wolverines within one before the 16-5 run by Ohio State. After the run, the Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines 14-11 the rest of the way to seal the outcome.
The first half featured a back-and-forth defensive battle, with seven lead changes and four ties defining the flow of the half. After Michigan took an early 5-0 lead, the Buckeyes answered with a 7-0 run. A layup by Burke followed by a dunk by junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) gave U-M a 9-7 lead with 13:57 to go.
A pair of three-point plays gave OSU a 13-9 lead, but following a 3:44 U-M scoring drought, the Maize and Blue went on a 8-2 run to lead 19-15 with 5:15 remaining. The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines 9-2 over the final minutes of the half, putting Michigan in a 24-21 deficit at the break.
The Wolverines will return to action Wednesday (Feb. 1) when they host Indiana at Crisler Center. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on BTN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423