No. 13 Ohio State has no trouble with Michigan
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Terence Dials had 22 points and 11 rebounds to
lead 13th-ranked Ohio State past Michigan, 64-54, at Value City Arena.
J.J. Sullinger netted 13 points and added eight boards for the Buckeyes (21-4,
10-4 Big Ten), who have won seven of their last eight contests and moved a
half-game ahead of the idle Iowa Hawkeyes for first place in the conference
Ron Coleman finished with 13 points but was just 1-for-4 from behind the arc
for Michigan (18-8, 8-7), which has now lost four straight road games. Daniel
Horton was held to 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting in the loss, while Courtney
Sims added 10.
A defense-dominated first half ended with Ohio State holding a 27-22 edge.
The Buckeyes played front-runner for the entire stanza and went up by seven,
27-20, with 2 1/2 minutes to play courtesy of a Sullinger three-pointer.
They would not score the rest of the way, though, and Graham Brown hit a layup
with 1:51 left to cut the deficit to five.
“We wanted to set the tone defensively. It was our mindset all week,” Dials
Ohio State shot just 29 percent in the opening 20 minutes, while Michigan was
only marginally better at 34.5 percent.
Coleman opened the second frame with a bucket that made it a three-point
game, but the Buckeyes countered with a 10-3 run and assumed a 37-27 lead on a
Sullinger lay-in about five minutes in.
The Wolverines trimmed that lead back down to four over the next several
minutes, but got no closer.
After Horton’s layup made it 40-36 with 11:03 remaining, Ohio State ripped off
an 18-5 surge that extended its advantage to 58-41. Dials scored the last
three points of the run, including a free throw with 5:19 on the clock that
made it a 17-point margin.
The Buckeyes were not seriously threatened the rest of the way.
“We were not as strong with the ball as we need to be. They were a lot quicker
all over the floor and especially to the loose balls,” said Michigan coach
Ohio State leads the all-time series, 85-70…This was Michigan’s fifth game
against a ranked opponent in its last seven outings…The Buckeyes improved to
15-1 at home this season…The teams combined to shoot just 8-of-35 from