Feb. 27, 2010
By Alex Lozier
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Value City Arena)
Score: #9 Ohio State 66, Michigan 55
Records: U-M (13-15, 6-10 Big Ten), Ohio State (23-7, 13-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, March 2 -- vs. Minnesota (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite five players scoring in double digits and a one-point halftime lead, the University of Michigan men's basketball team fell, 66-55, at Ohio State (No. 9 AP/No. 9 USA Today) on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 27) inside Value City Arena. Senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing), sophomore forward Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and freshman guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) led the team in scoring with 11 points each.
The Wolverines got off to a slow start, trailing 9-0 early, but Novak picked up the team and scored Michigan's first six points. After U-M missed its first five shots, Novak finally scored for the Wolverines on a three-point field goal as the shot clock expired. Then, Novak was fouled on a three-point attempt and went 3-for-3 from the free throw line. However, the triple was the only successful shot in the first nine for U-M.
Finally at the 11:27 mark, Sims added to Michigan's scoring on a strong inside move. Then, feeding off Sims' energy, junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) scored his first points, breaking through the Ohio State defense and driving to the basket for two.
Getting into the act, sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel)started a 14-4 run for the Wolverines with back-to-back baskets, and one from behind the arc. Morris kept up the Michigan surge, driving in for two at the 5:20 mark. However, it was the back-to-back three-pointer and lay-up following an Ohio State turnover from Novak that brought the Wolverines to their first lead of the game, 26-25.
Michigan maintained its stiff defense and ended the half leading, 33-32. The Wolverines went into the locker room shooting 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from the field, and having committed just two first-half turnovers.
In the second half, Michigan struggled to get a rhythm offensively or defensively and the ninth-ranked Buckeyes slowly built a lead, going on a 15-4 run to start the half. At the 11:26 mark, Morris drained a three-pointer from the top of the key to end a 4:17 field-goal drought for the Wolverines. However, Ohio State answered with a jumper from guard William Buford and a dunk from forward Dallas Lauderdale to extend its lead to 11 (51-40).
Michigan cut the Ohio State lead to seven at four different times the rest of the half but could never come closer. Harris did not score a field goal in the second half but went 8-for-9 (88 percent) from the free throw line and finished with 10 points.
The Wolverines return to Crisler Arena for Senior Night when they play Minnesota on Tuesday (Mar. 2). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423