MI basketball falls to Buckeyes

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

Following a blowout victory at Wisconsin on Saturday, OSU then overcame a 20-point deficit to beat MI 71-62 on Monday night.

Moritz Wagner led the way for MI with 14 points, and Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each added 11.

The Wolverines (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) led 43-30 at the half with six different players hitting a 3-pointer, and Wagner hitting 2 of 3 attempts. Johnson announced his decision with CBS Sports in the video above and becomes the 19th member of Ohio State's No. 1 ranked recruiting class, according to 247Sports.

"I think we've made some improvements in some areas, and I think maybe as important as anything is our players have been able to see success", Holtmann said after being MI.

Eli Brooks temporarily stopped the bleeding with a corner 3-pointer but it wasn't enough to keep Ohio State at bay as MI missed its next eight shot attempts.

"We couldn't score and we couldn't stop them", Beilein said.

After consecutive 3-pointers by Ohio State cut the margin down to 13, MI used another 7-0 blitz on layups by Wagner and Abdur-Rahkman and a 3-pointer by Wagner to extend the lead to 43-23 with 1:31 left in the half. The Buckeyes took over after that. "We just did not play well in the second half". The crowd energy in the second half was exciting, he said. The Ohio State official visit this fall, however, really secured the lead for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. "I'm sure us getting down 20 had something to do with it".

The Wolverines are in a stretch where they play North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio State, UCLA and Texas in five straight games.

MI was able to temporarily overcome its shooting woes with a string of stops and a 9-0 run on a three-point play by Jordan Poole and two free throws apiece from Simpson, Abdur-Rahkman and Wagner to reclaim a 60-56 edge at the 4:54 mark.

One of the longest, most highly-contested recruitments in the Class of 2018 has come to an end with the commitment of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian safety Tyreke Johnson to Ohio State on Tuesday night.

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