Michigan basketball lands final punch in thriller at Ohio State, 92-87

Sunday afternoon’s game at the Schottenstein Center lived up to the billing.

Michigan, ranked No. 3 in the Ferris Mowers men’s basketball coaches poll, and No. 4 Ohio State threw haymakers for 40 minutes in perhaps the most entertaining game of the season. 

Neither team led by more than six points, and the lead changed hands numerous times over the course of the game. But Michigan overcame a career-best 30 points from Ohio State’s Duane Washington Jr. thanks to the contributions of center Hunter Dickinson, who scored 16 of his team-high 22 points in the second half and carried the Wolverines to a 92-87 win in Columbus, Ohio. 

Eli Brooks scored 17 points, and Chaundee Brown scored 15 off the bench and played exemplary defense. 

The Wolverines (16-1) are 11-1 in conference play, with five games remaining; because the conference title may now be determined by winning percentage, Sunday’s win was especially crucial considering the red-hot Buckeyes (18-5, 12-5) were in third place and are on pace to play more games than Michigan.

Michigan Wolverines center Hunter Dickinson shoots against Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 in Columbus Ohio at Value City Arena.

Michigan exacted some measure of vengeance against Ohio State, a team that has had its number in recent years and won both games last season.

Dickinson takes over

Michigan’s freshman center was double-teamed early and often. Yet it was not a deterrent. He made Ohio State pay by passing out of the post to open shooters, and his patience and vision were a big reason why the Wolverines made 10 of 13 threes in the first half.

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