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Feb 15, 2003

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By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
Associated Press Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Daniel Horton scored 21 points and LaVell Blanchard added 19 as Michigan cruised to a 70-54 win over Ohio State Saturday, earning a two-game season sweep of its rival.

The Wolverines (15-9, 8-3 Big Ten) won their 12th straight home game. The last time Michigan won a dozen consecutive home contests was from 1962-63 to 1963-64.

They entered the game in a three-way tie for first in the conference with Wisconsin and Purdue.

The Badgers kept pace with a 71-59 win over Indiana on Saturday. The Boilermakers faced Illinois in a night game.

Ohio State (12-11, 5-7), which lost its second straight, got 19 points from Velimir Radinovic.

The Wolverines and their freshman-heavy lineup played under control all game, turning the ball over only 12 times.

Michigan’s big three of Horton, Blanchard and Lester Abram accounted for all but six points in a 21-8 run to open the second half. Michigan led 57-32 with 11 minutes to play.

Ohio State was unable to cut Michigan’s lead to single digits in the second half.

The first half was a hard-fought defensive struggle for the first 15 minutes until Horton and the Wolverines found their scoring touch.

The freshman scored 11 points – including three baskets from beyond the arc – as Michigan ended the half on an 18-5 run to lead 38-24.

Horton, who had 17 points in a 61-50 win Jan. 15 in Columbus, had 15 first-half points on Saturday.