January 16, 1999

Box Score | Notes & Quotes

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Josh Asselin had 22 points, 10 rebounds and led Michigan’s defense with four blocked shots as the Wolverines rolled to an 84-74 victory over No. 21 Ohio State on Saturday.

Scoonie Penn scored 17 points for the Buckeyes (13-5, 3-2 Big Ten), who never led after Louis Bullock gave Michigan a 13-12 lead on a jumper near the top of the lane with 10:24 left in the first half.

It was the fourth triumph over a ranked team for Michigan (9-9, 3-2), 7-1 in Crisler Arena.

A key factor, besides the improved play of the 6-foot-11 Asselin, was the long-range shooting of Robbie Reid and Bullock, who helped Michigan hit 11-of-19 field goals from 3-point range. The Buckeyes made just 5-of-16 from 3-point range, all in the second half.

The Buckeyes, who went in leading the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 76.7 points, struggled almost from the start against Michigan, yet trailed only 31-30 at halftime.

But the Wolverines scored the first eight points of the second half and nothing Ohio State could do seemed to break their momentum. Each time the Buckeyes looked ready to make a run, Michigan would regain control with either a 3-point field goal or a big play by Asselin.

Reid, who scored 21 points, had two 3-pointers and a three-point play during a 24-8 run in which Michigan opened a 55-38 lead with 12:08 left. Reid was 6-of-10 from 3-point range. Bullock, who finished with 19 points, sank 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

A three-point play by Brandon Smith, who finished with 13 points, gave Michigan an 82-59 lead with 3:17 remaining. The Wolverines began clearing the bench after that, and Ohio State’s Slobodan Savovic scored seven of his 12 points the rest of the way.

The Buckeyes shot 45 percent from the floor, but really hurt themselves by missing 17-of-32 free throw attempts. Michigan had 16 assists, twice as many as the Buckeyes. By HARRY ATKINS
AP Sports Writer