Spike Albrecht Closes Out Ohio State

Michigan junior Spike Albrecht stole the show late to help the Wolverines top Ohio State 64-57.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Spike Albrecht was as excited as he was relieved Sunday afternoon as Michigan held on for a 64-57 win over No. 23 Ohio State.

Albrecht led the Wolverines in scoring with 16-points, also adding five assits and four rebounds, but most importantly it was 4-for-4 shooting on free throw attempts in the final minute that snapped a five game losing streak.

"There was just a lot of frustration let out the last couple minutes," Albrecht said. "We've had a tough stretch here these last five games so for us to finally get a win was awesome."

It wasn't just in the scoring column that Albrecht had his impact, getting his hand on the basketball to tip it away from the hands of Ohio State super freshman D'Angelo Russell, even making some sensational passes inside to senior Max Bielfeldt.

Up against greater athletes, those with more size and quickness and clout surrounding their name, Albrecht figuratively and literally dribbled circles around Ohio State at times, forcing Thad Matta to put Sam Thompson on him down the stretch.

"Spike was just phenomenal; he was just absolutely terrific," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "Who would have thought that four years ago when we recruited Spike Albrecht -- the only team that probably did at this level -- that Ohio State would go almost a box-and-one and not let him get the ball. It wore him out. He just needed a little break and then he kept on coming."


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