Feb. 16, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Jae’Sean Tate scored 13 points as Ohio State beat Michigan 76-66 on Tuesday night.
The Buckeyes (17-10, 9-5) led nearly the whole way in a game they likely needed to win to keep alive hopes of receiving an NCAA tournament bid next month.
Marc Loving tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes, notching his fifth double-double of the season.
Mark Donnal scored 17 points to lead Michigan, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Zak Irvin added 15 points for the Wolverines (19-8, 9-5) while Derrick Walton Jr. had 13 and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had nine.
Ohio State shot 54 percent from the floor while holding the Wolverines to 39 percent.
Michigan struggled to find the range from beyond the arc, going 5 for 24 from 3-point range.
Michigan cut an eight-point Ohio State lead to two with 2:24 left in the first half, but Tate personally outscored the Wolverines 7-1 the rest of the way.
He capped the run with a three-point play to give the Buckeyes a 36-28 lead at the half.
The Buckeyes stretched their lead to 14 points eight minutes into the second half.
Michigan scored seven in a row to cut the deficit in half, but Loving connected from 3-point range to put the Buckeyes back on top 55-45 with 10 minutes to go.
Michigan: The Wolverines played without star guard Caris LeVert, who has been limited to 15 games this season by a lower left leg injury.
Ohio State: Former Buckeye Evan Turner was on hand for a halftime ceremony in which his No. 21 jersey was raised to the rafters. Turner was the National Player of the Year in 2010. Numbers previously hung in the Value City Arena rafters for men’s basketball are 5 (John Havlicek), 11 (Jerry Lucas), 22 (Jimmy Jackson) and 35 (Gary Bradds).
Michigan plays at Maryland on Sunday.
Ohio State plays at Michigan on Saturday.