(19) Ohio State 94

(17-3, 6-3 Big Ten)

(22) Michigan 85

(16-5, 6-4 Big Ten)

7:00 PM ET, February 9, 2006

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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#19OSU 49 4594
#22MICH 43 4285

Top Performers

Ohio State: J. Butler 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Michigan: C. Sims 26 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk

Butler's career-high leads Ohio State past Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Thad Matta has been hoping for a big road victory since he came to Ohio State two seasons ago.

Jamar Butler scored a career-high 20 points and had two of the No. 19 Buckeyes' season-high 15 3-pointers in a 94-85 victory over No. 22 Michigan on Thursday night.

The win, the Buckeyes' first at Crisler Arena since 2002, moved Ohio State (17-3, 6-3) into a three-way tie with Michigan State and Illinois for second place in the Big Ten. The teams trail Iowa by a half-game.

"We haven't beaten a top-20 team on the road in the year-and-a-half since I've been here," Matta said. "That's a goal we've always had and it's nice to see it happen."

Chris Hunter's three-point play gave Michigan a 73-70 lead with 8:45 to play, but Ohio State answered with a 14-2 run, during which it was 7-for-7 from the field, to go ahead for good.

Center Courtney Sims had 26 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and four blocks for the Wolverines (16-5, 6-4), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season. He was not a factor late in the game, however, as the Buckeyes made it hard for him to get the ball in the post.

"We had some critical turnovers late in the game," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said, "and some of those were when we were trying to get the ball to Courtney."

Ohio State scored 10 points off Michigan's 15 turnovers. Four of them came on breakaway dunks during the Buckeyes' decisive run.

Michigan guard Dion Harris had 14 points before spraining his right ankle with 8:29 to play. He never returned to the game and Ohio State seized on Michigan's instability in the backcourt.

"He was having a great game," Buckeyes guard Ron Lewis said of Harris, "but after he left, we knew we had to keep pressuring them.

"We forced some turnovers and got some baskets."

Harris, who was helped off the court, was scheduled to be evaluated early Friday.

The Wolverines led 21-8 early in the game before the Buckeyes heated up. Ohio State hit 12 of 16 3-pointers in the first half, including nine of its last 10, and led 49-43 at the half. Matta called a timeout when the lead hit double digits to calm his team down.

"We told the players to relax and do what we do," he said. "Don't panic."

The Big Ten's second-best 3-point shooting team didn't, and promptly got itself back into the game.

"They were good shots," Matta added. "Even the long ones were good looks and we were able to get them to go in."

In the second half, Ohio State was 19-for-27 (70 percent) from the floor as it got better production in the frontcourt.

The Buckeyes' 15 3-pointers were their most this season and marked the second time in as many games Michigan surrendered more than 10. Iowa made 13 3-pointers in Saturday's 94-66 win over the Wolverines.

Je'Kel Foster added 17 points for the Buckeyes, who also got 14 from Lewis and 13 from J.J. Sullinger.

Michigan forward Brent Petway left the game nine minutes into the second half after aggravating a ribcage injury. He did not return and is day-to-day. The Wolverines also were without swingman Lester Abram, who missed his second straight game with an injured left ankle. Amaker said he will not play Saturday at Purdue.

Daniel Horton had 15 points and 10 assists for Michigan and Ron Coleman scored 15 points.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 94 85
FG Made-Attempted 36-59 (.610) 34-65 (.523)
3P Made-Attempted 15-24 (.625) 8-23 (.348)
FT Made-Attempted 7-13 (.538) 9-11 (.818)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 13

2005-06 Season

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