Columbus, OH (WKZO) – With an opportunity to become the Nation’s topped ranked team for the first time since 1993, the Michigan Wolverines came up short after a valiant comeback effort, losing 56-53 to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Wolverines failed to break the school record for consecutive wins to start at season, ending the streak at 16.
Deshaun Thomas scored a game high 20 points, eight of which came during the Buckeyes 29-6 run during the first half, giving the Buckeyes a 21 point lead with under seven minutes left in the first half. Michigan was able to cut the lead to 12 by the end of half, 34-22.
The Wolverines continued the rally during the second half, tying the game at 46 with a Glenn Robinson III three pointer with less than 6 minutes remaining.
The Buckeyes then regained the lead with back to back buckets from Evan Ravenel, while Michigan was held scoreless for the next four minutes.
By the time Trey Burke scored the next point for Michigan, it was too little late, as Michigan’s winless streak in Columbus climbed to 10 in a row.
Burke led the Wolverines with 15 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 12. Spike Albrecht had a career high seven points, all coming in the first half.
Michigan returns to action on Thursday at Minnesota.