Hunter scores 15 in Ohio State’s 65-55 win over Michigan
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Othello Hunter scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Ohio State rally for a 65-55 win over Michigan on Tuesday night.
With the Buckeyes clinging to a 56-55 lead, Jamar Butler hit a 3-pointer and followed with a layup to give Ohio State (16-7, 7-3 Big Ten) a six-point lead with 1:20 remaining. Jon Diebler made a pair of free throws, and David Lighty added a dunk to cap the comeback and send Michigan (5-17, 1-9) to its sixth-straight loss.
Diebler came off the bench to score 14, nine in the second half. Lighty and Kosta Koufos each scored 12, and Butler added 10 with nine assists.
Kelvin Grady had 11 points for the Wolverines.
Michigan hit four 3-pointers in the first nine minutes of the second half to stay in front but could not shake the Buckeyes, who twice had possessions to tie or take the lead but still were down 52-50 with less than eight minutes to play.
Ohio State’s defense keyed the run that put them ahead.
The Buckeyes forced their second shot-clock violation of the second half and got the tying basket on a jumper by Diebler, making it 52-52 with 7:09 left.
Lighty then made a steal and passed ahead to Butler, who fed Diebler under the basket. Diebler, who was fouled by Ekpe Udoh, made both free throws for the Buckeyes’ first lead since the opening seconds of the half.