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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s basketball fell to No. 5 Michigan, 65-49, Tuesday night at Crisler Center. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 13-7, 3-6 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines improve to 20-1, 9-1 in conference play.
Kaleb Wesson led Ohio State with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds while C.J. Jackson scored 11 points and pulled down a team-high eight boards. Jordan Poole led four Wolverines in double figures with a game-high 15 points while Zavier Simpson recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Wesson opened the game with six points early as the Buckeyes held a 12-6 lead with 14:40 to play in the first half. The Wolverines climbed back even at 19-19 after an Isaiah Livers 3-pointer at the 8:10 mark before another 3-pointer from Poole gave Michigan a 22-19 lead on the next possession. The teams continued to exchange buckets with Ohio State holding a 26-25 advantage after a Jackson floater with 2:27 remaining in the half but the Wolverines closed the opening stanza on a 7-0 run to take a 32-26 lead into the break.
Wesson and Jackson each poured in nine to lead the Buckeyes over the first 20 minutes. Poole had eight to lead Michigan while Livers and Ignas Brazdeikis each tacked on seven.
A Wesson 3-pointer cut the Wolverines lead to 32-29 to start the second half but Michigan followed with a 24-9 run over the next 11 minutes to take a commanding 56-38 advantage with 6:35 left to play. The Buckeyes trimmed the lead to 15 on an Andre Wesson 3-point play on the following possession but that’d be as close as Ohio State would get the remainder of the way.
Ohio State held a 35-29 advantage on the boards but Michigan forced 19 Buckeye turnovers while committing nine. The Wolverines also connected on 10 3-pointers while holding Ohio State to five.
Ohio State returns home to face Rutgers at noon Saturday.