Jan. 18, 2001

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By RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian Brown scored 18 points – including the first seven in an 18-0 first-half run – as Ohio State beat Michigan 78-61, handing the Wolverines their 10th consecutive road loss.

Boban Savovic and Ken Johnson each scored 17 points and Sean Connolly had 11 for the Buckeyes (12-5, 3-2 Big Ten).

Bernard Robinson had 17 points, Josh Asselin 15 – hitting 13-of-14 free throws – and LaVell Blanchard finished with 13 points for Michigan (7-8, 1-3).

The Wolverines are 0-7 away from Crisler Arena this season.

New Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was introduced at halftime and received a standing ovation. He then told the crowd, “I can assure you that you’ll be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community – and especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Mich.”

The basketball team didn’t have to wait that long to beat its nemesis.

Ohio State took the lead for good with the burst in the first half as Michigan missed nine straight shots from the field and had four turnovers over a 7:17 span.

Brown hit a 3-pointer, slashed through the lane for a layup and added a dunk to start the run as the Buckeyes turned an 8-4 deficit into a 22-8 lead.

The Buckeyes were on top 41-26 at the half, but Michigan battled back to cut the lead to 52-47 on a pair of Asselin free throws with 8:54 remaining.

A Robinson 12-footer kept the Wolverines within five points at 58-53 with 6:29 left before Savovic hit consecutive 3-pointers. Savovic set up his first 3, stealing a pass from Robinson and then saving the ball before he fell out of bounds at midcourt. His second 3 was a looping shot from the right corner over the outstretched arm of Asselin.

The lead never fell below seven points again.

Johnson also had five rebounds and six blocked shots for the Buckeyes, while Brown had six assists.

Ohio State has won the last four meetings and holds a 79-67 lead in the series between the rivals.