Sorry for the very late posting of this article, I was traveling for a conference yesterday and did not a get chance to write this until now.
After never losing to Michigan during the first 8 years of his stay at Ohio State, Jim Foster has seen the rivalry take a turn for the worse. The Wolverines swept the Buckeyes last season, helping to end OSU’s streak of Big Ten titles. Yesterday the Buckeyes headed to Ann Arbor looking for some revenge, however things did not go as planned.
The first half was a great back and forth battle with several lead changes and even more ties. Ohio State lead 26-25 with just over three minutes remaining in the half but Michigan went on a 7 to 0 run over the next three minutes and the two teams went into the locker room with the Wolverines leading 32-27. Michigan carried that momentum into the second half by opening with an 11 to 3 run that gave them a 43-30 lead with just under fourteen minutes remaining in the game. The Buckeyes managed to end the run but Michigan kept building its lead, eventually being up 56-37 with nine minutes left on the clock. Ohio State looked like they were about to get run out of the building but suddenly managed to step up their defense as the scored 9 straight to cut the lead to 56-46 and make it a game again. The Wolverines quickly stretched the lead back to 14 but the Buckeyes answered and cut the lead to 62-57 with three minutes remaining in the game. Suddenly Ohio State seemed to have the momentum and looked like they were going to pull off another one of their comeback victories. Unfortunately things did not work out that way as Ohio State’s offense turned cold again and Michigan managed to salt the game away with free throws, winning 73-62 and handing OSU its first loss of the season.