Trinity's Tyreke Johnson, area's top recruit, picks Ohio State


Final box score

Ohio State: The Buckeyes switched up some defensive looks at halftime, came on strong and roared back to flatten their rival.

During Monday's 71-62 loss at Ohio State, the Buckeyes used an unheard of five-point play late in the first half to kick-start a 16-0 run and trigger a critical swing that erased a 20-point MI lead. The Ohio State official visit this fall, however, really secured the lead for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Down 13 at halftime, Ohio State outscored MI 41-19 in the second half. "We couldn't make a basket or we couldn't make a really bright play during that time". "That's one of the things Gene [Smith, the director of atheltics] said when he hired me: just create drama in every game, as much as possible".

"We couldn't score and we couldn't stop them", Beilein said.

It was a completely different story in the first half for MI. MI passed and screened and shot with vigor, causing Holtmann to effectively take Ohio State's pregame plan on defense and throw it out.

"We just got to play better in the second half, specifically, to win and we didn't do that", Robinson said. The move worked, as the Wolverines shot a woeful 5 of 29 (17 percent) from the floor after halftime. The Buckeyes took over after that.

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Ohio State played six games in 12 days, and finished the run by handing Wisconsin the worst loss in the history of its building and overcoming a 20-point hole against MI with effort more than anything else.

With the Buckeyes, Johnson projects as an instant difference-maker who will be called upon to help improve an Ohio State secondary that's tasked with shutting down some of the nation's hottest offenses week in and week out in the Big Ten. "We didn't play harder than them". I hope it's past disappointed because in Big Ten you don't just give away games like that. "That's one of the benefits of going through a six-game stretch like this".

Keita Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Ohio State's defense continued to offer little resistance as MI went on a stretch where it scored on 10 of 12 possessions to take command and start pulling away.

MI coach talks about his team's poor second half in Monday's 71-62 loss.

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