Michigan Leads Wire to Wire to Knock Off No. 6 Buckeyes
Jordan Morgan

Feb. 18, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #17 Michigan 56, #6 Ohio State 51
Records: U-M (20-7, 10-4 Big Ten), Ohio State (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Feb. 21 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 17 AP, No. 19 ESPN/USA Today) led for all 40 minutes to upset Ohio State (No. 6 AP, No. 6 ESPN/USA Today), 56-51, on Saturday (Feb. 18) and improve to 15-0 inside the Crisler Center this season.

Michigan shot 47 percent (22-of-47) from the floor in the game, converting 57 percent (13-of-23) in the second half and holding Ohio State to 39 percent (19-of-49) for the game.

Holding a three-point lead (52-49) over the Buckeyes with two minutes left in the game, freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) beat his defender and drove through traffic in the lane for a layup to make it a two-possession game. Then, with less than a minute to play, OSU cut it to three again off a pair of free throws; but Burke answered again, knocking down a jumper with nine seconds on the clock to secure the win.

Sophomore/junior forward Jordan Morgan's (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) led the Wolverines, while Burke added game highs in points (17) and assists (five). Also scoring in double figures was sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) with 13 points.

Michigan scored the first six points to open the game, off baskets by Burke and Hardaway followed by a fastbreak layup from senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton). Ohio State got it within two before a triple by Hardaway and free throws put the Wolverines up seven (15-8) at the 10:26 mark.

The Wolverines then went 1-for-8 from the floor, as Ohio State used an 8-2 run to cut U-M's lead to 17-16 with a little more than seven minutes to play in the half. However, a layup by Morgan started another 6-0 spurt for the Wolverines before they entered the locker room with the 25-20 advantage at the half.

The teams shot about even from the field in the half, with Michigan converting 9-for-24 (38 percent) and Ohio State going 10-for-26 (39 percent). However, the Buckeyes went 0-for-9 from behind the arc and were forced into eight turnovers by U-M, off which it converted nine points.

Out of the break, Morgan twice brought the Crisler Center crowd to its feet after throwing down back-to-back fastbreak, one-handed slams. His first dunk started an 8-2 run to give the Wolverines their first double-digit lead (35-25) of the game at the 14:40 mark.

Then, with a little more than 11 minutes to play, Buckeyes' forward Jared Sullinger scored six straight points, after being held to just four in the first half, to cut U-M's lead to 42-38. The teams exchanged baskets over the next seven minutes, before Burke's baskets in the last two minutes sealed Michigan's third victory over a top-10 opponent this season.

The Wolverines will return to floor on Tuesday (Feb. 21) when they travel to play Northwestern in Evanston. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on BTN.

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