OHIO (WWJ/AP) As it is with the best teams -Ohio State found a way to win late in the fourth quarter to get the win 62-53 over the Michigan Wolverines Thursday night in Ohio.
Michigan played the game as if it had no doubt it would win. Ohio State’s record 22-0 coming into tonight’s game seemingly had no un-nerving effect on the Wolverines who lead several times in during the game, including at the half 26-23.
Michigan coach John Beilein speaking on WWJ post-game about his kids not being intimidated playing the number one team in the nation, ”We are getting there-especially our young kids. We are just trying to get a place for the future, how we’ll play these Big Ten teams.”
Michigan got to the free-throw line a dismal four times in the game against Ohio States’ 25 attempts at the line.
Tim Hardaway led the Wolverines with 15 points, Darius Morris had 12 and Jordan Morgan contributed 10 pts.
Ohio State’s freshman Jared Sullinger had a team high 19 points, followed by William Buford’s 13 and David Lightly nine points.
As it has been with so many of Ohio State’s games, the difference came late in second half as OSU pulled away, leading by nine points with less than four minutes in the game.
The Buckeyes extended several streaks. First, they have their second 23-0 start in the program’s 112 years, exceeded only by the 27-0 run by the Jerry Lucas-led team of 1960-61. In addition, they won their 14th straight Big Ten game while moving to 64-4 all-time when ranked No. 1. They’re 10-0 in the conference for the first time since 1961-62.
Michigan goes to 13-10 (3-7).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.