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Denied! Ohio State Beats Michigan 56-53

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Nik Stauskas #11 of the Michigan Wolverines is called for a player control foul as he goes over Deshaun Thomas #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half while Amir Williams #23 helps defend on January 13, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Nik Stauskas #11 of the Michigan Wolverines is called for a player control foul as he goes over Deshaun Thomas #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half while Amir Williams #23 helps defend on January 13, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Deshaun Thomas had 20 points and scored the first and last baskets in a 16-0 first-half spurt to help No. 15 Ohio State beat second-ranked Michigan 56-53 on Sunday, denying the Wolverines their first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years.

After Trey Burke, who led the Wolverines (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Buckeyes took the lead for good although there were many nervous moments by the finish.

Burke had a shot to tie the game with 17 seconds left, but it rattled around and out.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. then hit two foul shots with 12.7 seconds left and Aaron Craft added two more to seal the outcome for the Buckeyes (13-3, 2-2).

  (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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