The No. 23 Ohio State men’s basketball team pulled away from No. 19 Michigan in a 77-63 victory Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes move to 20-9 on the year, 10-8 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines drop to 18-11, 9-9 in conference play.
Duane Washington Jr. led the Buckeyes with a game-high 20 points while CJ Walker went for 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Kaleb Wesson totaled 14 points and nine boards while Andre Wesson scored 14 points and Luther Muhammad poured in 10. Franz Wagner paced Michigan with 18 points and 10 boards while Zavier Simpson scored 12.
Michigan opened with an early 9-5 lead but the Buckeyes used a 10-2 spurt to take a 15-11 lead on an E.J. Liddell jumper with 11:43 remaining. The Wolverines bounced back to regain an 18:15 advantage with 8:48 left to play but Ohio State responded once again with a 10-0 run, capped by a pair of Washington Jr. 3-pointers, over the next 2:03 to take a 25-18 lead before holding a 32-29 advantage at the break.
Washington Jr. led the Buckeyes with 12 points in the opening 20 minutes while three Wolverines each scored six.
After Walker scored the opening bucket of the second half, the Wolverines scored the next nine to take a 38-34 lead but Ohio State answered with a 12-2 run to regain a 46-40 lead. Michigan came back to tie it at 54-all on a Jon Teske jumper with 6:27 remaining but Walker hit another jumper and Andre and Kaleb Wesson each followed with a 3-pointer as the Buckeyes opened up a 62-54 lead at the 5:07 mark. Ohio State pushed that lead to 70-58 on a Kaleb Wesson layup with 2:19 remaining as the Buckeyes picked up their third-consecutive victory.
For the game, the Buckeyes shot 52.4 percent (11-for-21) from deep while limiting the Wolverines to 26.9 percent (7-for-26).