Michigan falls at OSU, 64-54

Daniel Horton and Dion Harris came into this game averaging 29 points a game between them. This time the excellent-defending OSU guards held them to just 15, 12 by Horton and just 3 by Harris. The result: a top point loss.

The Wolverine guards were MIA in the first half, with Daniel Horton going 1-7 and only contributing a single three-pointer, and Dion Harris going 0-3. Meanwhile, what the guards were creating was turnovers -- Horton 4, Harris 2, and substitute Jarret Smith 2 more, as the Wolverines threw the ball away 13 times in the half.

Michigan also shot just 34% overall for the half. And yet, U-M trailed just 27-22 at the break. Why? Because OSU shot even worse than U-M, just 29%. And, fortunately for U-M, their front-court did come to play in the first stanza.

Courtney Sims scored 8 points and also contributed 7 rebounds for the half. Graham Brown added 7 points and 7 rebounds (although he did have 3 turnovers) in the half. And Brent Petway contributed 4 points and 5 rebounds. Michigan also had 9 offensive rebounds in the half and overall outrebounded the Buckeyes in the first stanza, 26-16.

If the Wolverines could just get the ball close to the rim without turning it over, Brown, Sims and Petway could score. But 13 times that didn't happen -- turnovers happened first.

Then to start the second half, Brown picked up his 3rd and 4th fouls in the first two minutes and had to sit, and Ohio State went on a 6-0 run to go up 33-24 at the 17: 23 mark.

After U-M scored a three to make it 33-27, OSU scored 4 to make it 37-27 at the 15:16 mark.

But then Dion Harris and Jerrett Smith made their first points of the game (Harris a three-pointer) and U-M went on a 7-1 run to cut it to 38-34 at the 12:50 mark.

Then Sims went to work for Michigan, scoring two baskets (giving him 10 along with 10 rebounds), and Horton added a layup, but OSU answered with a three-pointer, two two-pointers and a free throw to extend the lead back out to seven, 48-41, at the 7:50 mark.

OSU then put the game away with a 9-0 run, making three two's and a three to extend the lead to 16, 57-41 at the 6:00 mark.

Ohio State coasted in from there, winning 64-54.

The biggest factor in the game: the veteran Ohio State guards shut down Daniel Horton and Dion Harris -- Jamar Butler on Horton (who shot 4-15), Je'Kel Foster on Harris (who went 1-7).

Neither team shot well, U-M 37% and OSU 39%. U-M outrebounded OSU 43-33, but committed 18 turnovers to OSU's 10.

Ronald Coleman was the Wolverines' leading scorer with 13, Horton added 12, and Courtney Sims had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Center Terence Dials led OSU with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Michigan falls to 8-7 in the Big Ten and 18-8 overall. They end the Big Ten regular season at home next Saturday versus Indiana (6-7, 14-10).

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