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Feb. 5, 2005

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By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Terence Dials scored 19 points and Tony Stockman added 16 to lead Ohio State past Michigan 72-46 on Saturday, the most lopsided win by the Buckeyes over their rivals in 37 years.

The outcome was never in doubt after the Wolverines (12-11, 3-6 Big Ten) failed to get off a shot in the first 3:45 while Ohio State raced to an 8-0 lead.

Michigan’s assists-to-turnovers ratio ended up 4-to-29. The 29 turnovers was a season high as the Wolverines sagged to their sixth loss in a row.

Je’Kel Foster added 11 points for the Buckeyes (16-7, 5-4), who have won their last four conference games, all by double-figure margins.

A sold-out crowd of 19,200 chanted, “Just like football!” in the second half. The Buckeyes upset the seventh-ranked Wolverines 37-21 last November to spoil the Wolverines’ perfect record in the Big Ten.

Courtney Sims scored 15 points off the bench for Michigan, which has lost its last four games by an average of 21 points since leading scorer Daniel Horton was suspended after he was charged with choking his girlfriend.

The Wolverines had more turnovers than shots for most of the opening half. The Buckeyes took advantage, with a Dials dunk bracketed by 3-pointers by J.J. Sullinger and Stockman supplying the early lead. They went on to leads of 17-2 and 22-4 before Michigan ran off eight points in a row to draw to 22-12. The Wolverines never got closer.

Ohio State, which moved to 13-1 at home, led 40-19 despite shooting well below their season averages from the field, behind the arc and at the line as Michigan scored its fewest points in the opening half this season.

The Buckeyes’ biggest win in the series was a 103-70 victory in 1968.

The loss marked the seventh time in coach Tommy Amaker’s four seasons that the Wolverines have not scored 50 points in a game.

It was the fewest points scored by Michigan against Ohio State since 1953.