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Michigan Delivers Knockout Punch to Buckeyes in Columbus

February 12, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) scored 13 points, grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and dished out a game-high six assists in leading a second-half comeback for the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 15 AP, No. 18 ESPN/USA Today), which defeated Ohio State (No. 22 AP, No. 20 ESPN/USA Today), 70-60, Tuesday night (Feb. 11) inside Value City Arena. Walton scored all of his points in the lopsided second half, in which the Wolverines outscored Buckeyes, 44-30.

Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) had 15 points, hitting three of his six tries from three and going 4-of-5 from the line. Freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) chipped in 10 points off the bench while making both his three point attempts.

Ohio State used an 8-0 run to jump ahead 13-5 less than six minutes into the game. Michigan pulled within five points of the lead when a put back by graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) made the score 19-14. However, OSU went back up 26-16 with 6:25 left before halftime.

Down 28-18, U-M scored eight straight points, including a triple from the corner by sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) with 29 seconds left to cut the deficit to two points. With 1.4 ticks left, LaQuinton Ross was fouled shooting a three, and he hit two free throws to make Ohio State's lead 30-26 going into the break.

Michigan's seven offensive rebounds kept the game close in the first half, as it hit only nine of 28 field goal attempts (32 percent), compared to the Buckeyes' 12-of-25 (48 percent) shooting line.

Stauskas nailed a three to start the second half, but OSU responded with a 7-0 run.

The Wolverines were down 43-37 with 12:16 to play before scoring 12 unanswered points to go up six. They took their first lead since 17:16 in the first half when Stauskas hit two free throws to make the score 44-43. Then Walton made an old-fashioned three-point play to put U-M up 49-43; this capped off the run and forced OSU to call timeout with 9:15 remaining in the game.

Ohio State came within one point of the lead at 51-50, but Michigan responded with a Morgan putback and a Walton triple to go up six with less than five minutes left.

Sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) hit two free throws to increase U-M's lead to 64-52 with 1:32 to go, and the Wolverines hung on for the 10-point victory -- their first in Columbus since 2003.

Michigan shot 22-of-53 (42 percent) on the night and went 8-of-17 (47 percent) from beyond the arc. OSU went 23-of-52 (44 percent) from the floor, including 3-of-20 (15 percent) from long distance. Ross led the Buckeyes with 24 points and seven rebounds, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. finished the game with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

The Wolverines return home to play No. 21 Wisconsin on Sunday (Feb. 16) inside Crisler Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the game will be televised on CBS.


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