ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As he had all night, Derrick Walton Jr. put his team on his back, trying to carry them to a victory over his rivals from Columbus.
All night he had hit big shots to keep Michigan in the game, and just needed to hit one more shot to keep his teams hopes of winning alive.
With 26.6 to go Walton hit his sixth three of the night, cutting U-Ms deficit to 67-66, forcing JaQuan Kyle free throws, he would make only one.
Setting up Walton for one last shot.
He promptly dribbled down the baseline, squared up, released – clang – off the back iron, as Michigan was forced to foul, again, and in the process lost its second straight conference game, 70-66, to Ohio State.
Walton scored a game-high 25 points to go along with his 10 rebounds for Michigan (14-9, 4-6 Big Ten), with Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scoring 12 and D.J. Wilson adding 11 for U-M.
Marc Loving’s jumper in the lane put Ohio Sate (14-10, 3-7) up 65-63 with 1:53, he would lead OSU with 17 points. Trevor Thompson would also finish with a double-double for Ohio State, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Ohio State outrebounded Michigan 42 to 24, with 16 of those coming on the offensive end. U-M would only finish with seven offensive boards.
OSU would finish 40.4 percent from floor, compared to U-M scoring at a 37.3 percent rate. Michigan finished 13-of-35 from 3s, good for a 37.1 percent.
Blown first half effort
With Michigan up 30-22 with 4:53 to go in the first half, Ohio State closed the half on 14-5 run, taking a 36-35 lead at the break. The Buckeyes closed the first half, on what otherwise was controlled by U-M’s offensive tempo.
U-M shot 52.4 percent form the field, compared to the Buckeyes 42.9. And Michigan also out shot OSU from 3s, converting 6-of-13 fro deep, compared to OSU’s 2-of-9.
However, second chance opportunities doomed U-M, with Michigan yielding 10 offensive rebounds to OSU and got outrebounded altogether 20-8.
Walton leads Michigan
Once again, Walton paced the Wolverines in scoring. Last Sunday, he scored a game-high 24 points in U-M’s loss at Michigan State and countered with an even better effort tonight.
While Michigan lost – again – you can’t blame Walton, who finished 8-of-16 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from 3s.
Another dud for Irvin
After being held scoreless in U-M’s 70-62 loss at MSU, Irvin countered with yet another pedestrian performance.
Irvin scored five points on 2-of-10 from the floor, including 1-of-6 form 3s, making this arguably this worst two game stretch in four-year career.
Michigan plays host to rival Michigan State this Tuesday at 9 p.m.