NASHVILLE (WWJ/AP) – It’s one and done for the Michigan Wolverines as they lose to Ohio 65-60 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional.
Ohio kept the Wolverines at bay – with Michigan struggling to get into some sort of offensive rhythm the full run of the game.
Burke scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. Evan Smotrycz scored 15 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14.
The teams traded the lead three times and were tied for a fourth time when Baltic spun around in the lane and hit a jumper that launched a 15-2 run for Ohio. Nick Kellogg was left open and sank a 3-pointer that made it 35-22 with 2:49 in the first half.
Hardaway Jr. managed to get 10 points by halftime, but Zack Novak, Stu Douglass and Burke, who together average 31.9 points per game, combined for just seven points.
Walter Offutt left Ohio State after not getting enough minutes but the guard was in the right place at the right time for Ohio’s big win over Michigan.
Offutt grabbed a loose ball, was fouled by Smotrycz and sank both of his free throws with 6.8 seconds left to preserve Ohio’s upset of Michigan.
Ohio had the Wolverines on their heels throughout the game, but Michigan’s Trey Burke hit a 3 with 4:12 left to cut it to 63-60. But the Wolverines missed their final five shots, including four by the freshman Burke.
On Burke’s third miss, fourth-seeded Michigan (24-10) got the rebound but Smotrycz lost control of the ball in front of the Wolverines bench, and Offutt grabbed it.
Ohio shot 51.2 percent and held Michigan to 40.7 percent shooting, including 7 for 23 from 3-point range, typically the Wolverines’ comfort zone.
The No. 13 seed Bobcats will face the Temple-South Florida winner Sunday.
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