By Daniel Wasserman, Daily Sports Editor
Published February 5, 2013
… That was a great battle and they have a lot of respect for each other, too.”
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Craft finished with 11 points, while DeShaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 17 points.
McGary’s best half as a Wolverine wasn’t enough to stop Michigan from entering the locker room with just its second home halftime deficit of the year. The freshman scored a game-high 10 first-half points and pulled down five rebounds, while also recording two steals.
After Ohio State jumped out to a 4-1 lead, Michigan scored the game’s next 12 points and led by as many as 10 points, but after going 5:25 without a single field goal, the Buckeyes stormed back. With two minutes left in the period, they regained the lead, and after a Wolverine basket, the Buckeyes regained the one-point lead, 31-30, and took it into halftime.
Michigan connected on five 3-pointers in the first half but was unable to score a single point in transition. Ohio State shot 50 percent from the field, while its stifling defense blocked three shots and held Burke to just five points and two assists.
The Wolverines managed to outrebound the Buckeyes, despite getting just four minutes — all in the first half — from its regular post man, redshirt junior Jordan Morgan.