Late Blocks Key Michigan to OT Victory over No. 10 Buckeyes
Jon Horford

Feb. 5, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #3 Michigan 76, #10 Ohio State 74 (OT)
Records: U-M (21-2, 8-2 Big Ten), Ohio State (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 9 -- at Wisconsin (Kohl Center), 11 a.m. CST (TV: ESPN)

• Postgame Feature: Burke Family in Full Force for Overtime Win over Ohio State

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Buckeye guard Aaron Craft drove to the rim with three seconds left in overtime for one last attempt to tie the game, but junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) stuffed his shot and secured the avenging victory, 76-74, for the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 3 AP/No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) over Ohio State (No. 10 AP/No. 10 ESPN/USA Today) on Tuesday night (Feb. 5) inside Crisler Center.

Hardaway scored a game-high 23 points, including a career-high six three-point field goals, while freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) had a career-high 14 points, six rebounds and four steals. Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) added 16 points and eight assists in the win, while freshman guards Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) also contributed double-digit scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Trey Burke

Tied at 70-all with just a minute and a half to play in regulation, Burke found McGary backdoor for a layup to take the lead. OSU made a jumper to tie the game once again on the next play, giving Michigan the last possession and 28 seconds to score. Burke attempted a last-second three-point field goal but missed, sending the game into overtime.

Burke made up for the missed three-point attempt by hitting one on the first possession of overtime to have U-M go up 75-72. Neither team scored again until OSU made a layup with 55 seconds left on the game clock. U-M committed a turnover on its next possession, but Burke blocked Craft's shot on the other end, and Craft fouled Robinson going for the loose ball, sending him to the free throw line for two. Robinson made one but missed his second attempt, allowing Ohio State its last-second shot.

The Wolverines first took the lead three minutes into the game when Stauskas hit a triple from the corner, starting a 10-0 run. Robinson then nailed a three-pointer of his own from the exact same spot, before Hardaway and McGary scored back-to-back baskets to give U-M the 13-4 edge at the 14:55 mark.

Ohio State cut its deficit to just two points over the next eight minutes, but Michigan did not immediately relinquish its lead, as a layup by McGary extended the lead to 23-19 and started an exchange of baskets between the teams. The Buckeyes took a one-point advantage two minutes before the break, and a continuation of even play into the half sent the Maize and Blue into the locker room trailing, 31-30.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

The exchange of baskets continued for the first three minutes out of the break until Michigan went cold, allowing Ohio State to go up seven, before Burke found junior/sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) for a two-handed slam at the 13:21 mark. Then, Hardaway nailed three triples in a row to allow U-M to retake the lead at 52-50. Yet, the Buckeyes managed to take a 60-55 edge with seven minutes on the clock after scoring six straight points.

Three minutes later, Robinson stole the ball and passed it ahead to Burke, who converted a fastbreak dunk, before Stauskas nailed one from behind the arc on Michigan's next possession to have U-M go up one. Burke then made a triple of his own, but Ohio State responded by hitting a three as well. Two Hardaway free throws and a successful OSU jumper led to the tie game (70-70) with 1:36 left.

U-M finished shooting 28-of-60 (47 percent) from the floor in the game, with half of its made field goals coming from behind the arc (14-of-24, 58 percent). Ohio State converted 30-of-58 (52 percent) from the field, but only 7-of-16 (44 percent) came from behind the three-point line.

The Wolverines will hit the road again on Saturday (Feb. 9) when they play Wisconsin at the Kohl Center for their only matchup of the regular season. Tipoff is slated for 11:00 a.m. CST and the game will be televised on ESPN.

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