OHIO STATE 60
With 11:33 to play in Tuesday nights game between the Michigan Wolverines (18-6 10-2 Big 10) and the Ohio State Buckeyes (19-6 6-6 Big 10), Wolverines guard Caris LeVert stole the ball from the Buckeyes Aaron Craft. He would take it down the court for an easy bucket. This would ignite the Wolverines, as on their next possession they would take the lead and never look back.
That would give the Wolverines their first lead since the score was 3-2 early on, and would complete a huge comeback. The Wolverines were down by as much as 10 late in the first half, but would go on a late 8-2 run to make it a 4 point game at halftime. But for the beginning of the second half, the Michigan defense couldn’t stop the Buckeyes, only keep up. But with the LeVert steal and two Nik Stauskas free throws for the lead, the Wolverines got momentum and would carry it for the win.
Stauskas would lead the Wolverines in scoring with 15 points, but the big stories were Freshmen Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin. Walton had another big game, scoring 13 and getting 10 boards for the double double. While Irvin would yet again come up big off of the bench and would finish would 10 points, and a few great defensive plays.
For the Buckeyes, LaQuinton Ross scored 24 to lead all scorers. The Wolverines held Aaron Craft to only 8 points, despite his playing almost the entire game.
With the win, the Wolverines take sole possession of first place in the conference heading into Sunday’s match up against a strong Wisconsin team.