No. 24 Michigan Drops Second Straight

The No. 24 Michigan basketball team fell to 3-3 in Big 10 play with a 65-58 loss to the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Manny Harris finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, but for the second straight game DeShawn Sims struggled as the Wolverines fell for the second time this week.

ANN ARBOR -- The No. 24-ranked Wolverines fell to 1-3 when ranked in the national polls with a disappointing 65-58 loss to the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

Michigan was led by 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Manny Harris, but aside from Stu Douglass, who shot 4-for-8 from three-point land, the rest of the team struggled. DeShawn Sims finished with just 10 points on just 4-for-13 shooting.

"I just wish we played better. We had some opportunities to win the game and we just missed them," said Michigan coach John Beilein. "But we are still young, we are learning and we have to improve. We have to keep improving to play teams like that. They are setting the table right now in that they have enough quality wins outside the conference that if they win in this conference they will be another NCAA tournament team. We have to go beat those guys on our home court."

After trailing for the entire first half the Wolverines took their first lead of the game at 34-32 with 13:46 left in the second half.

Right out of the gate it was all Buckeyes. Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford, who finished with 15 points, made it 7-0 before Michigan scored its first points on a pair of Manny Harris free throws.

Michigan clawed back to with 17-14 with 11:28 to play in the half. After falling behind 15-8, Stu Douglsas and Kelvin Grady each connected from deep around a Buckeyes lay up by B.J. Mullens.

Ohio State re-extended that lead to a first half high of 11 points with a 10-2 run over the next eight minutes. Four points from both Jeremie Simmons and Evan Turner, sandwiched around Kyle Madsen's two point layup built a 27-16 Ohio State lead.

Michigan ended the half with a 9-2 run to cut the Buckeyes lead to 29-25 at the half.

Manny Harris opened the second half with seven straight Michigan points to pull the Maize and Blue even at 32-32. On U-M's next possession DeShawn Sims made it 34-32 with an inside layup.

Over the next eight minutes it was a battle. Multiple lead changes and multiple tie scores brought it to 47-47 with just 5:14 to go. All the U-M points coming from either Harris, Sims or long range shots from Stu Douglass.

Over the final 5:14, though, it was the Buckeyes that made the plays. A 10-0 run, five of which coming off the hand of freshman center B.J. Mullens put Ohio State on top 57-47 with just 1:09 to play.

Sims answered with a quick layup, but Mullens answered with one of his own. C.J. Lee and Zack Novak each hit from long range to make it 59-55 with 30 seconds left, but Michigan got no closer.

Evan Turner scored Ohio State's final six points from the free throw line as the Buckeyes held on in the 65-58 win.

Michigan returns to action Tuesday night to try and snap this two game losing streak. The Wolverines will meet the Nittany Lions, 3-3 in Big 10 action, on Tuesday night in State College, Penn. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m.

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