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January 16, 1999

%^$Box Score | Notes & Quotes%^$

%^$ ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Josh Asselin had 22 points, 10 rebounds and led%^$Michigan’s defense with four blocked shots as the Wolverines rolled to an 84-74%^$victory over No. 21 Ohio State on Saturday.%^$

%^$ Scoonie Penn scored 17 points for the Buckeyes (13-5, 3-2 Big Ten), who%^$never led after Louis Bullock gave Michigan a 13-12 lead on a jumper near the%^$top of the lane with 10:24 left in the first half.%^$

%^$ It was the fourth triumph over a ranked team for Michigan (9-9, 3-2), 7-1 in%^$Crisler Arena.%^$

%^$ A key factor, besides the improved play of the 6-foot-11 Asselin, was the%^$long-range shooting of Robbie Reid and Bullock, who helped Michigan hit%^$11-of-19 field goals from 3-point range. The Buckeyes made just 5-of-16 from%^$3-point range, all in the second half.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes, who went in leading the Big Ten in scoring with an average of%^$76.7 points, struggled almost from the start against Michigan, yet trailed only%^$31-30 at halftime.%^$

%^$ But the Wolverines scored the first eight points of the second half and%^$nothing Ohio State could do seemed to break their momentum. Each time the%^$Buckeyes looked ready to make a run, Michigan would regain control with either%^$a 3-point field goal or a big play by Asselin.%^$

%^$ Reid, who scored 21 points, had two 3-pointers and a three-point play during%^$a 24-8 run in which Michigan opened a 55-38 lead with 12:08 left. Reid was%^$6-of-10 from 3-point range. Bullock, who finished with 19 points, sank 4-of-7%^$from beyond the arc.%^$

%^$ A three-point play by Brandon Smith, who finished with 13 points, gave%^$Michigan an 82-59 lead with 3:17 remaining. The Wolverines began clearing the%^$bench after that, and Ohio State’s Slobodan Savovic scored seven of his 12%^$points the rest of the way.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes shot 45 percent from the floor, but really hurt themselves by%^$missing 17-of-32 free throw attempts. Michigan had 16 assists, twice as many as%^$the Buckeyes.

%^$By HARRY ATKINS
%^$AP Sports Writer