Feb 29, 2004
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Lester Abram scored 20 points and Michigan kept its hopes of making the NCAA tournament alive with a 75-64 win over Ohio State on Sunday.
The Wolverines (16-9, 7-7 Big Ten) have won three of four but need to finish strong on the road against Indiana and Northwestern and in the conference tournament to play in the NCAAs for the first time since 1998.
The Buckeyes (13-14, 5-9) had won two straight, both on the road. Tony Stockman led Ohio State with 22 points, Terence Dials scored 13 and Velimir Radinovic added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Abram scored 10 points in the first half to help Michigan earn a nine-point lead and had 10 points after halftime as the Wolverines stayed ahead comfortably.
In his last scheduled home game, senior Bernard Robinson had 13 points and five assists. Reserve Brent Petway tied a career high with 12 points and had eight rebounds and three blocks. Daniel Horton added 10 points and six assists.
Abram made two 3-pointers and a putback in two-plus minutes to give Michigan a 52-38 lead midway through the second half. Ohio State then pulled within seven, but could not get closer.
The Buckeyes got off to a good start and did not trail until 8:30 remained in the first half.
Michigan went ahead during a 13-2 run and later scored eight straight points to take control of the game. Michigan led 40-31 at halftime.