Michigan snaps five-game losing streak with win over Ohio State
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan Wolverines snapped a five-game losing streak Sunday by beating the No. 24 Ohio State Buckeyes 64-57 at the Crisler Center.
With the win, Michigan improved to 14-13 and avoided falling below .500 for the first time since 2010. The loss dropped Ohio State to 19-8 on the year.
Michigan was paced by point guard Spike Albrecht, who scored a team-high 16 points and added five assists and four rebounds. Zak Irvin pitched in 15 points and seven rebounds on 50 percent shooting.
Beilein's top two offensive options, Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr., missed the game due to injuries. LeVert went down for the season in a win over Northwestern on Jan. 17. Walton hasn't played since Jan. 24.
OSU star freshman D'Angelo Russell struggled against the Michigan defense, scoring 16 points on just six of 15 shooting and turning the ball over five times. Russell is predicted to be one of the top picks in this year's NBA draft.
Ricky Doyle had a big first half for Michigan, scoring eight points before being limited in the second half by an ankle injury. Senior Max Bielfeldt took over and chipped in seven points and seven boards.
Freshman Kameron Chatman enjoyed his best game of the season, giving Michigan six points in a short burst during the first half.
Michigan's next game comes against No. 16 Maryland on Saturday. Ohio State will carry a two-game losing streak into Thursday's matchup with Nebraska.
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