MI let a 20 point first half lead slip away in a 71-62 loss to Ohio State in Columbus last night. MI led by as many as 20 in the half, but the 7-0 run - capped by a monster dunk by JaeSean Tate - pulled it closer.
MI led 43-30 at the half with six different players hitting a 3-pointer, and Wagner hitting 2 of 3 attempts.
On Ohio State's ensuing possession, forward Keita Bates-Diop buried a 3-pointer from the wing.
Moritz Wagner had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson each scored 11 for MI (7-3, 1-1), which shot 5-for-29 in the woeful second half and was outscored 15-2 over the final four and a half minutes. The Wolverines won 10 of their last 12 conference games last season, including four straight contests en route to the Big Ten Tournament title, and are coming off a 69-55 victory over IN on Saturday.
"The ball was in the air, there it was - foul, basket is good and they get the two foul shots", Beilein said. "We could have had this win today". They had a 15-0 advantage in points off turnovers in the first half, but none in the second. "We just did not play well in the second half".
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On Tuesday, five-star defensive back Tyreke Johnson (6-foot-1, 191 pounds, Jacksonville, Fla.) announced via video with 247Sports that he had committed to Ohio State. The Ohio State official visit this fall, however, really secured the lead for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.
"It was just a lack of focus and sense of urgency coming out of the half", Robinson said. "I'm sure us getting down 20 had something to do with it".
UM's Jon Teske temporarily halted Ohio State's momentum with a three to level the game at 49 all. Jordan Poole would convert the three-point play after being fouled by C.J. Jackson and Zavier Simpson converted both free throws to tie the game at 56-56 with 6:48 to play.
Michigan: Hosts UCLA on Saturday. Ohio State began Big Ten action with an impressive 83-58 rout of Wisconsin on Saturday.