Sunday, December 3

Michigan’s second-half run hands Ohio State senior-day defeat

Ohio State Buckeyes center Joey Brunk (50) defends Michigan Wolverines forward Moussa Diabate (14) during the first half of the NCAA men's basketball game at Value City Arena in Columbus on March 6, 2022.

A day to remember turned into a senior day to forget. 

With a capacity crowd roaring and nearly half the team being honored before their final game at Value City Arena, No. 23 Ohio State fell behind by double digits near the midpoint of the second half and dropped a 75-69 regular-season finale to Michigan (16-14, 10-10).

The loss sends Ohio State into the Big Ten tournament having dropped three of its final four games.

The Buckeyes pulled within 60-56 with 5:02 to play when Malaki Branham knocked down a pair of free throws. That gave Ohio State a 12-4 run and forced a Michigan timeout.

But the Wolverines resumed their ball-screen offense, putting the ball in the hands of graduate transfer guard DeVante’ Jones. He carved through the Ohio State defense to push the lead back to six, and after an empty possession Jones drew a defender and fed Moussa Diabate for a wide-open dunk that gave Michigan a 64-56 lead. 

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