Michigan Drops Decision in Columbus

The Michigan basketball team fell to 13-15 on the season and 6-10 in Big 10 play with a 66-55 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan had an extremely balanced attack, but William Buford, Evan Turner and Dallas Lauderdale were too much for U-M to overcome.

COLUMBUS - All five Michigan starters scored in the double-digits, but the offensive output of William Buford, Evan Turner and Dallas Lauderdale was too much for the Wolverines balance as the Ohio State Buckeyes downed Michigan 66-55 Saturday.

In the first half, despite falling behind 9-0 in the opening minutes, visiting Michigan clawed out a 33-32 lead over the No. 9-ranked Buckeyes. Novak opened the scoring for the Wolverines with the first six Michigan points, a three-ball followed by three free throws, to make it 11-6.

It ballooned back to nine points at 19-10 near the middle part of the half, but a 16-6 Michigan surge over the next seven minutes gave Michigan its first lead. DeShawn Sims scored four points, including two to open the spurt, and Novak and Stu Douglass each added five.

Over the final three minutes of the half the teams exchanged buckets with Michigan escaping with a slim 33-32 lead. Stu Douglass added another triple before the break, and DeShawn Sims and Darius Morris added two points at the free throw line. Manny Harris, who finished with 10 points, netted just two in the first half.

In the second half Ohio State went back up early with a 15-4 run over the first eight minutes of the period. Lauderdale, Turner and Buford combined to score all 15 of the Buckeyes early second half points before Darius Morris ended the Ohio State run with a three-pointer to make it 47-40 with 11:25 remaining.

Michigan got no closer though, and Ohio State pushed the lead back out to double digits almost immediately. Buford and Lauderdale continued to carry the Buckeyes load offensively, scoring nine of the next 10 Buckeye points, as Michigan struggled to keep pace with four Manny Harris free throws and layups by Zack Gibson and Stu Douglass. The lead was trimmed back to seven one last time, but a Turner jumper from Ohio State stuck the dagger with 3:36 remaining.

Over the final moments the teams exchanged baskets with Ohio State ultimately emerging victorious with a 66-55 win.

The Wolverines return to Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night for its final home contest of the season, a 7:00 tilt with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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