Michigan’s struggles from long distance go on to haunt them in loss at Ohio State

The Michigan Wolverines (19-8, 9-5 Big Ten) traveled to Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday evening for a match-up with the Ohio State Buckeyes. (17-10, 9-5 Big Ten). Both teams came into this tilt on a two game winning streak.

Fresh off an impressive victory against the No. 18 Purdue Boilermakers, Michigan came out a little flat against the Buckeyes, falling behind 7-2 early on. The Wolverines would stay within striking distance throughout the first half, never trailing by more than eight points. Mark Donnal and Zak Irvin each netted six first half points for the Wolverines, while Jae’Sean Tate had nine first half points for the Buckeyes. The iron was unkind to the Wolverines in the first half, as they stumbled into the halftime break shooting 3-14 from distance, and 33.3% overall. Michigan trailed 36-28 at the half, while allowing Ohio State to shoot 50% from the floor.

The Wolverines scored the first four points of the second half, cutting the gap to 36-32, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the night. A 13-5 Ohio State run early in the second half opened up a 14 point Buckeye lead. The Wolverines continued to settle for lower percentage long range shots, which never consistently fell. Michigan was able to cut the lead to as little 10 with just under three minutes to play, but that was as close as they would get.

Ohio State held on, taking the game by a final score of 76-66.

Michigan’s shooting struggles were extremely evident throughout the course of the evening, as they finished 5-24 from distance, and 39% overall.

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The Wolverines were paced by Donnal’s 17 points and seven rebounds, while Irvin chipped in 15 of his own, to go with nine rebounds.

The Buckeyes had five players finish in double digits, lead by Marc Loving and Tate, who both finished the night with 13 points.

After tonight’s loss, Michigan travels to College Park, Maryland on Saturday for an afternoon showdown with the sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapins.

 

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