Jody Victor – Buckeyes Fall Short In Ann Arbor

Jody Victor: Kosta Koufos scored 18 points and Evan Turner had 16 for the Buckeyes (17-9, 8-5), but it wasn't enough as Michigan pulled away late for an 80-70 victory Sunday at Crisler Arena. It was Ohio State coach Thad Matta's first loss to Michigan in eight games.

Freshman Manny Harris scored a career-high 27 points and DeShawn Sims added 22 for Michigan.

Kelvin Grady also had eight points for the Wolverines (8-17, 4-9 Big Ten). Michigan has won three straight conference games for the first time since it registered five consecutive victories over a stretch in January and February 2006.

After Ohio State took a 44-43 lead early in the second half, Michigan blew the game open with a 15-5 run to build a 58-48 advantage with 10:42 left. The Wolverines had 3-pointers from Harris, Sims and Grady during the stretch.

The Buckeyes responded by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to cut the deficit to 60-58. The game stayed close down the stretch but Michigan was able to hold off Ohio State by hitting 9 of 12 free throws in the final 86 seconds.

Neither team could gain full control of the first half. There were eight lead changes and six ties, including 38-all at halftime.

The Buckeyes are back in action at 4 p.m. this Sunday against Wisconsin at Value City Arena. Be sure to catch the game on CBS.

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor