February 21, 2021

No. 4 Ohio State Comeback Falls Short Against No. 3 Michigan


Final Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the highest ranked matchup between two longtime rivals, No. 3 Michigan (16-1, 11-1) outlasted No. 4 Ohio State (18-5, 12-5) 92-87 Sunday in Value City Arena. The loss snapped the Buckeyes’ seven-game win streak. Michigan had not won in Columbus in the last five meetings, spanning seven seasons.

Duane Washington Jr. led all scorers in the game with career-high 30 points, while fellow Buckeye E.J. Liddell had his third career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Hunter Dickinson fronted five Wolverines in double figures with 22 points.

Both teams shot at a 53-percent clip from the floor. Each shot well from distance as well as Ohio State went 11-of-22 from 3 and Michigan was 11-23 after going 10-13 in the first half.

A back-and-forth first half continued well into the second 20 minutes. A baseline drive and teardrop bucket from Washington gave the Buckeyes a three-point edge at 62-59 near the midway point of the second period.

Michigan converted an Ohio State midcourt turnover into a transition bucket that started a 6-0 run to put the Wolverines back ahead 67-65 as the teams headed to the under 8:00 media break.

With less than five minutes to play, Washington sliced into the Michigan lead with a 3-point FG. The game headed to the 4:00 timeout with the Wolverines holding a 75-72 advantage.

Another miscue proved costly for the Buckeyes as their ninth turnover of the game lead to Michigan equaling its biggest lead of the day 80-74 after a converted and-1 transition basket by Isaiah Livers. The Wolverines pushed out to 87-79 in the waning moments. Another 3 from Washington brought the Buckeyes back to 90-87, but Michigan was true at the free throw line and held on for the win.

The Buckeyes are back in action at 9 p.m. Thursday at Michigan State.

A hot start from Washington gave the Buckeyes an early 19-14 lead midway through the first half. The junior guard hit four of his first five shots from the floor, including two threes for a quick 10 points in just more than nine minutes of play.

A quick 8-0 burst put the maize and blue out ahead 22-19 with just more than 8:00 to go until the half.

C.J. Walker was a big contributor once again off the bench in the first 20 minutes. His sixth and seventh points of the game tied it at 40 with just under two minutes before the break.

A step-back 3 from Liddell put the Buckeyes back up at 43-40 with less than a minute to play but Michigan when on a 5-0 mini-run to take the two-point advantage at the half.

Overall there were five ties and five lead changes in the first half. Liddell led all scorers with 14 points and Washington poured in 12. The Wolverines shot 10-13 from three-point land for the half.