U-M Just Comes Up Short Against No. 2 OSU

The Michigan basketball team fell to 1-3 in the Big 10 with a 68-64 loss to No. 2 Ohio State on Wednesday night at Crisler Arena. Darius Morris led U-M with 18 points and eight assists. Four U-M players hit double digit scoring in the close loss to the rivals from Ohio.

ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan basketball team fell just short of a Top 5 upset... again.

Just days after dropping a close overtime decision to No. 3-ranked Kansas, U-M fell 68-64 to the No. 2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to fall to 11-6 on the season and 1-3 in the Big 10 in front of 11,994 at Crisler Arena.

Michigan was led by 18 points and eight assists from Darius Morris. Zack Novak had 16 on 4-for-5 shooting from behind the arc, and Evan Smtrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 and 11 points each for Michigan.

William Buford led No. 2 Ohio State with 19 points while Jared Sullinger and David Lighty scored 12 each. Aaron Craft added 10 more for Ohio State in the OSU win.

After Ohio State built a slim one-point lead at halftime, the Buckeyes used a 12-0 run in the second stanza to put the game out of reach. Jon Diebler started the Buckeye run with a three-pointer, and before Michigan snapped the dry spell Ohio State had built an insurmountable 53-41.

Down the stretch Novak added a triple for U-M and Darius Morris put back his own missed shot to trim Ohio State's lead to 62-58. After an Ohio State miss Novak was fouled on a triple attempt from the corner, but Novak made just 2-of-3 shots and Michigan got no closer than the 62-60 margin down the stretch.

In the first half U-M opened a pair of six-point leads before Ohio State settled into a tight 35-34 lead. U-M opened on Tim Hardaway Jr.'s hot hand to build its lead.

The Wolverines return to action on Saturday night in Bloomington, Indiana. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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