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Buckeyes gets past Michigan

COLUMBUS — William Buford scored 24 points and Evan Turner added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 9 Ohio State past Michigan 66-55 on Saturday.

The victory kept the Buckeyes (23-7, 13-4) in the thick of the Big Ten race heading into the final week. It also gave them a measure of retribution for an earlier loss to the Wolverines (13-15, 6-10).

Dallas Lauderdale matched a career high with 14 points for Ohio State.

DeShawn Sims, Darius Morris and Zack Novak each had 11 points for Michigan, which lost its third in a row.

Michigan led by a point at the half, but shot just 26 percent in the second half. Ohio State shot 59 percent for the game.

The Buckeyes — in particular, Turner — took control at the outset of the second half in front of a cheering crowd of 18,862.

Just as in the first half, Turner opened the scoring with a baseline jumper before Buford scored inside on an assist from David Lighty. That gave Ohio State the lead at 36-33.

Later, Turner blocked a layup by Novak then grabbed an offensive rebound at the other end and made a layup to push the advantage to 45-37.

The Buckeyes were successful on three consecutive possessions, Lauderdale scoring inside off a Turner assist, Buford banging in a perimeter jumper and then Lauderdale hitting a reverse dunk while unguarded to make it 51-40.

Michigan pulled to 57-50 before Lauderdale used one hand to jam in a Turner alley-oop pass with 4 1/2 minutes left, the basket and the arena rocking for several seconds after.

Harris missed the front of a bonus situation with 4 minutes left after hitting his first 8 free throws. Turner then calmly backed a defender in and hit a step-back 15-foot jumper for a 61-52 lead.

The Wolverines never got closer than nine points again.

The rivalry isn’t nearly what it is in football, nor is it all that evenly contested these days — the victory gave Ohio State 10 wins in the last 12 meetings, including six straight at home. But there were still some derisive chants and obscene T-shirts.

Just about everything went wrong for the Wolverines early, yet they were able to bounce back.

Turner scored seconds after the opening tip and the Buckeyes rolled to a quick 9-0 lead, hitting all four of their shots from the field while the Wolverines misfired on all three.

Novak finally ended Michigan’s 4-plus minute drought with a 3 and that bucket flipped the switch on the game. He had 11 in the opening half, making 2 of 3 3-pointers and all three free throws.

The Buckeyes shot 64 percent from the field, but had seven turnovers that led to 12 Michigan points. Turner was 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds and three assists.

No. 9 OHIO STATE 66, MICHIGAN 55

MICHIGAN (13-15)

Novak 3-8 3-5 11, Sims 4-12 3-4 11, Douglass 4-6 0-0 10, Harris 1-8 8-9 10, Morris 4-8 2-2 11, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Vogrich 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas-Perry 0-3 0-0 0, Gibson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 17-47 16-20 55.

OHIO STATE (23-7)

Lauderdale 7-9 0-0 14, Turner 8-11 2-3 18, Lighty 2-4 3-8 7, Diebler 1-7 0-0 3, Buford 9-15 3-4 24, Simmons 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Madsen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-46 8-15 66.

Halftime—Michigan 33-32. 3-Point Goals—Michigan 5-17 (Douglass 2-4, Novak 2-4, Morris 1-1, Lucas-Perry 0-1, Sims 0-2, Harris 0-5), Ohio St. 4-10 (Buford 3-3, Diebler 1-7). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Michigan 20 (Sims 6), Ohio St. 36 (Turner 11). Assists—Michigan 7 (Harris, Morris 3), Ohio St. 17 (Turner 7). Total Fouls—Michigan 16, Ohio St. 16. A—18,862. 18,862.