No. Three Michigan Wolverines win fifth straight, finish No. four Ohio State Buckeyes’ seven-game win streak

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a nearly empty Worth Metropolis Area, the matchup between No. Three Michigan and No. four Ohio State in February regarded extra like an intense NCAA match recreation in March: good capturing, well timed 3-pointers, fierce play underneath the rim, few errors and a few late drama.

After six ties within the second half, Michigan pulled away within the ultimate minutes after which held off Ohio State 92-87 Sunday in a gathering that showcased two groups aiming for No. 1 seeds subsequent month.

“It was like a boxing match,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard stated. “One workforce delivered a blow. The opposite workforce delivered one other blow. It went forwards and backwards. Our guys confirmed their psychological toughness via a few of these ups and downs.”

The win additionally highlighted the significance of Michigan’s 7-foot-1 freshman heart Hunter Dickinson, who had a number of inches and appreciable attain on Ohio State’s large males. He led the Wolverines with 22 factors and 9 rebounds, hitting all six of his foul pictures.

“I assumed his size and measurement bothered us,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann acknowledged.

Michigan (16-1, 11-1 Huge Ten) had pulled away and led 9 with 23 seconds left. However a pair of 3-pointers from Duane Washington Jr. round a layup CJ Walker bought the Buckeyes inside three factors with Three seconds to go.

Ohio State was compelled to foul, and Eli Brooks hit each of his free throws to seal Michigan’s fifth straight win, a run that got here round a three-week break resulting from COVID-19 points.

Brooks had 17 factors, Chaundee Brown Jr. got here off the bench to attain 15 and Isaiah Livers added 12 for Michigan, which snapped Ohio State’s seven-game win streak.

Washington had a career-high 30 factors and went 5-for-10 on 3s for the Buckeyes (18-5, 12-5). E.J. Liddell had 23 to associate with 10 rebounds.

“It was an amazing recreation, man,” Washington stated. “Two top-5 groups, and I assumed we competed at a very excessive degree. We have been in a great place to carry it residence. Basketball is a recreation of runs, and so they had theirs towards the top there, and we simply bought to be a bit higher within the closing stretch.”

Each groups shot 53% from the ground.

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