Michigan No.9 dominates outnumbered Ohio State No.25 90-71

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Naz Hillmon had 29 points and 15 rebounds, his 40th career double-double, leading Michigan’s No.9 to a 90-71 victory over the shorthanded No.25 in the ‘Ohio State Friday.

Emily Kiser had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Wolverines, who had advantages of 50-36 on points in the paint and 48-27 on the boards. Leigha Brown added 24 points.

“We knew we were going to have lags on the inside. … So (Naz) and Emily had an amazing day, they both got to be aggressive, really able to bounce back, ”said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico. “And every time they left, our guards would leave from outside. I think they just fed on each other.


Michigan (12-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led stranded, pushing their lead to double digits with a 12-3 streak to end the first half up 45-31. The Wolverines scored the first nine points of the second half to take the lead to 23. A 12-3 run helped Ohio St. (9-3, 1-2) reduce the deficit to 67 -53 to head for the fourth, before Michigan pulled away again.

“In the second half, it escaped us a bit. It was almost like we were waiting for something good to happen. Then we took a few shots and our energy levels skyrocketed, ”said Ohio St. coach Kevin McGuff. Like I said to them, ‘Hey, we’ve got to impose our will on the game. We can’t wait for something good to happen to really get going.

It was the Wolverines’ biggest margin of victory over Ohio St., surpassing a 15-point, 64-49 victory on Jan.5, 2014.

“I mean, it’s the biggest rivalry in varsity track and field so we knew it was going to be a racing game and that they were great shooters,” said Barnes Arico. “And every time they did, we were able to weather the storm, which I think is real growth for our team.

Several positive COVID-19 tests limited the bench for the Buckeyes, who were without senior starting goalie Braxtin Miller for the first time this season.

Jacy Sheldon led the Buckeyes with 26 points, while Taylor Mikesell had 25.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: It was a rivalry the Buckeyes have dominated for decades, compiling a 47-6 advantage in the 2009-10 season, but not so much. Michigan have won nine wins in the last 19 games, including two in a row. Both teams entered the Top 25-ranked game in four of the last nine games, which had not happened until 2018. Prior to Friday’s eruption, the previous 11 games had been decided by a total of 71 points and all by singles. margins of figures.

Michigan: After the first appearance of the Sweet 16 program last spring, the premieres have continued to arrive this winter. The Wolverines posted their first Top-10 ranking (and their highest ranking 7th in the USA Today Coaching Poll) after a first win over a top-five opponent. Coach Kim Barnes Arico became the first coach in the program to achieve 200 wins in November.

FOLLOWING

Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ game against Penn State on Monday has been postponed, so they won’t return to the field until Thursday, when they host Illinois, a schedule they’ve beaten eight in a row.

Michigan: The Wolverines open the new year with a Nebraska release date on Tuesday, facing a Cornhuskers team they’ve beaten in six of the last nine meetings.

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