No. 6 Ohio State Falls 56-51 to No. 17 Michigan in Big Ten Battle

Jared Sullinger going up for a shot vs. Michigan's Zach Novak
Jared Sullinger going up for a shot vs. Michigan's Zach Novak

Feb. 18, 2012

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Jordan Morgan had 11 points and 11 rebounds, playing All-America forward Jared Sullinger to a virtual stalemate as No. 17 Michigan beat No. 6 Ohio State 56-51 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten at home.

Trey Burke scored 17 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 for the Wolverines (20-7, 10-4 Big Ten), who improved to 15-0 at the Crisler Center by snapping a six-game losing streak to their longtime rivals.

Deshaun Thomas had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Ohio State (22-5, 10-4). Sullinger scored 14 on 6-for-14 shooting.

The first half was a defensive struggle, with neither team able to break 40 percent from the floor. Ohio State's seven turnovers were the major difference - the Wolverines only had three while taking a 25-20 lead.

The Buckeyes missed all nine 3-point attempts in the first half, but Thomas knocked one down on Ohio State's first possession after the break.