Wolverines Lose to Ohio in NCAA Tournament Second Round
Stu Douglass

March 16, 2012

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Site: Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
Event: NCAA Tournament (Second Round)
Score: Ohio 65, #10 Michigan 60
Records: U-M (24-10), Ohio (28-7)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The fourth-seeded University of Michigan men's basketball team's (No. 10 AP/No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) second-half comeback efforts were thwarted by 13th-seeded Ohio University, as U-M fell to the Bobcats, 65-60, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament today (Friday, March 16) inside Bridgestone Arena.

The Wolverines were led by three players in double digits, including freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland), who scored a team-high 16 points, 12 of which came in the final 8:35 of the game. Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) and sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) joined Burke in double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

With the Wolverines trailing 57-48 at the 8:51 mark of the second half, Burke singlehandedly outscored the Bobcats 9-3 over the next four minutes to bring Michigan within three, 60-57, with 5:26 remaining. After three points from Ohio guard Walter Offutt, Burke knocked down another three-pointer to bring U-M within three, 63-60, at the 4:12 mark.

Both teams were held scoreless during the next four minutes, and two three-point attempts by Burke in the final minute came up short. A pair of free throws by Offutt produced the final score, 65-60.

Ohio opened the game scoring five unanswered points in the first 1:12 of the game, but Michigan rallied to tie the score, 9-9, before the first media timeout (14:53). Hardaway scored five points during that stretch for the Wolverines.

The two teams traded baskets over the next 6:29 of the first half before a Smotrycz layup knotted the game once again, 20-20, with 8:49 to play before the half. The Bobcats then constructed a 15-2 run to take their largest lead of the half, 35-22, with 2:49 remaining in the first stanza.

On Michigan's next defensive possession, a Burke steal and fastbreak dunk at the other end sparked a 7-0 Wolverine run. Hardaway answered with a triple on the ensuing play and Smotrycz followed with a tip-in to cut Ohio's lead to six, 35-29, before the break.

Michigan outscored Ohio 11-7 in the first five minutes of the second half and a Smotrycz three-pointer out of the first media timeout cut the Bobcats' lead to two, 42-40, at the 14:56 mark.

Smotrycz helped the Wolverines remain close, hitting another long-range jumper with 13:43 on the clock to make it 46-43 Ohio. The Bobcats then engineered an 11-5 run to push their lead to nine, 57-48, by the 8:51 mark.

Michigan, which was making its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years, concludes the 2011-12 season with a 24-10 overall record, including a 13-5 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Wolverines earned a share of their first Big Ten regular-season title since the 1986-87 season (26 years).

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