Walton's 25 Points Not Enough in Loss to Ohio State

Feb. 4, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Derrick Walton, who is averaging 18.6 points in his last five games, scored 25 points, a season high, and posted his second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.
» Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored in double figures for the 10th time this season, as he had 12 points to go along with seven rebounds.
» Ohio State held a 42-24 rebounding advantage in the game, with 16 coming on the offensive glass.
» Michigan hosts in-state rival Michigan State Tuesday night (Feb. 7) with a 9 p.m. start time.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Ohio State 70, Michigan 66
Records: U-M (14-9, 4-6 B1G), OSU (14-10, 4-7 B1G)
Attendance: 12,196
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Feb. 7 -- vs. Michigan State (Crisler Center), 9 p.m. [ TV: ESPN ]

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Derrick Walton Jr. scored a season-high 25 points and made it a double-double with 10 rebounds, but it was not enough in a 70-66 loss to Ohio State Saturday evening (Feb. 4) inside Crisler Center.

Walton was 8-for-16 from the field and an impressive 6-for-9 from three-point range. The 10 rebounds are one off a season high and two off a career high. Junior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has 12 points and seven rebounds, while junior D.J. Wilson had 11 points.

Men's Basketball vs. Ohio State

The Wolverines scored the first seven points of the game, and all five starters had scored after senior Zak Irvin's layup at the 16:55 mark of the first half. Senior Duncan Robinson buried a three to give the Maize and Blue a 19-8 lead at 14:02, but the Buckeyes then went on an 8-0 run over a 2:41 span, cutting the lead to 19-16. Michigan bumped the lead to seven (23-16) after another Robinson three and a Wilson free throw. Abdur-Rahkman hit a three in the corner to give U-M a 30-22 lead at the 5:17 mark. Ohio State answered, tying the game at 31 on a Trevor Thompson layup at 2:25 and taking the lead with 39 seconds remaining on a pair of Marc Loving free throws. Walton's free throw with 28 seconds left cut the OSU's lead to one at the half.

Walton had nine first-half points, going 2-for-3 from three-point range. Abdur-Rahkman added seven points and a pair of assists. Michigan shot 52.4 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes but was outrebounded by OSU, 20-8.

Ohio State started the second half much like it ended the first. The Buckeyes opened the half on a 7-2 run and built an eight-point lead (47-39) after two Jae'Sean Tate free throws at 14:47. Walton kept the Wolverines within striking distance as he had eight points in a 6:30 span, including a three to cut OSU's lead to 54-50 with 8:09 to play. Michigan kept chipping away at OSU's advantage until a Walton three with 4:22 left tied the game at 60. Ohio State scored on its next possession, but a Wilson three tied the game again at 63-all. The Buckeyes again scored on their next possession and led for the final 1:53. Walton hit a three with 26 seconds left to make it 67-66, and JaQuan Lyle split a pair of free throws. On the next Michigan possession, Walton missed a jumper, and Ohio State iced the game with two points from the charity stripe.

Michigan had 13 three-point field goals, led by Walton's six. The Wolverines were 19-for-51 from the field and 15-for-18 (83.3 percent) from the free throw line. The Buckeyes ended the game with a 42-24 rebounding advantage, with 16 of those on the offensive end.

Michigan will face in-state rival Michigan State for the second time in nine days on Tuesday (Feb. 7). Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. inside Crisler Center, and the game will be televised on ESPN. [ Tickets Information ]

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