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No.1 Ohio State Beats Michigan - Again

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Greg Oden scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help No. 1 Ohio State beat Michigan 65-61 on Saturday.

After trailing by six, the Buckeyes (27-3, 15-1) held the Wolverines (20-11, 8-8) scoreless for the final 3:54 to win their 14th straight game and their first as a top-ranked team since 1962.

Michigan had chances to pull off the upset and boost its chances for an NCAA tournament bid, but couldn't make the shots or stops in the final minutes in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Ohio State's Ron Lewis scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half and Mike Conley Jr. had nine of his 11 in the second.

Dion Harris scored 19 points for Michigan, Brent Petway and Courtney Sims each had 11, and Jerret Smith added 10.

Michigan had won four of six and had an opportunity to move a step closer to its first NCAA tournament bid since 1998.

The Wolverines led by as much as eight in the first half and were ahead by seven early in the second half after coach Tommy Amaker was called for a technical -- reacting as demonstratively as he has in six seasons at Michigan -- when Oden wasn't called for a foul.

On the next possession, Oden was called for his third foul with 17:01 left in the game. The Buckeyes kept it close with their star freshman on the bench.

He returned midway through the second half, and the Wolverines went after him and scored six straight points to lead 51-44.

Oden responded, attacking on offense and drawing fouls. He was 4-of-4 at the line on the next two possessions to pull the Buckeyes within three.

He shot free throws with his right hand for the first time since Dec. 30, when he attempted all but one from the line with his left hand. He had surgery on his shooting wrist last summer.

After Oden was called for a fourth foul with 4:55 left. He left the game briefly and Michigan went ahead 61-54.

The Wolverines didn't score again and Ohio State closed the game with balance offensively.

Ohio State didn't have much at stake, playing almost a week after beating then-No. 1 Wisconsin to clinch the Big Ten title and top seeding in the conference tournament that begins Thursday in Chicago.

The Wolverines had a lot on the line and they played like it.

After three ties and three lead changes, Michigan went ahead midway through the first half with a 10-2 run.

Michigan built a pair of eight-point leads before Ohio State pulled to 34-31 at halftime.

The Buckeyes shot just 39 percent in the first half -- missing 10 of 13 3-pointers -- but kept it close with nine points on offensive rebounds.

 

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