INDIANAPOLIS - The Michigan basketball team saw its Big 10 Tournament run come to an end Saturday afternoon with a 68-61 loss to No. 1-ranked Ohio State.
Ohio State opened the second half with a 7-0 surge to build a 38-27 lead and put the game out of reach. Deshaun Thomas, Jared Sullinger and William Buford all scored.
Darius Morris scored the next seven U-M points to end the run and help Michigan climb back towards even. Then, with 13:54 left, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit from deep to make it 42-37. Michigan climbed back within two at 47-45 but got no closer.
Ohio State answered the Michigan run with a 16-0 run to build a 63-48 lead. Buford was big for the Buckeyes scoring six in the run. Evan Smotrycz finally ended the Ohio State run with a triple with 4:26 left.
Over the final five minutes Michigan got back within four, but Ohio State salted the game away at the line.
In the first half Ohio State built a slim 31-27 lead. Diebler scored 12 of his 16 points in the stanza. Sullinger scored seven but added eight rebounds.
Michigan built early one-point leads twice in the contest, but, after Ohio State went up 14-12 on a
Sullinger layup, the Wolverines played catch up the rest of the half.
Stu Douglass hit from deep to make it 20-20 with 6:19 left in the half, but Ohio State ended the half on an 11-7 surge. Diebler matched the triple to put Ohio State back on top, then DeShaun Thomas, William Buford and Sullinger scored again.
Michigan got five points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Darius Morris to end the half.
Darius Morris led U-M with nine first half points. Hardaway Jr. added six, Stu Douglass finished with five, and Jordan Morgan had four.
With the loss the Wolverines finish with a record of 20-13. Tomorrow the Maize and Blue find out if that 20-13 record is sufficient to go dancing.
No. 1 Ohio State Ends U-M Run
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