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Michigan outlasts Ohio St. in OT

Michigan forward Jon Horford, left, tries to lay in a basket under pressure from Ohio State center Amir Williams during the first half of a back-and-forth battle between two top-10 teams.

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Michigan forward Jon Horford, left, tries to lay in a basket under pressure from Ohio State center Amir Williams during the first half of a back-and-forth battle between two top-10 teams.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tim Hardaway Jr. brought Michigan back with a relentless streak of 3-point shooting then blocked a shot by Aaron Craft in the final seconds of overtime to give the third-ranked Wolverines a 76-74 victory over No. 10 Ohio State on Tuesday night.

Hardaway finished with 23 points, including five straight 3-pointers in the second half. The Wolverines (21-2, 8-2 Big Ten) led by two when Craft rushed the ball into the frontcourt after a missed Michigan free throw. He got all the way to the basket, but Hardaway was there to smother his last-ditch attempt to tie it.

After scoring at will most of the second half, Ohio State (17-5, 7-3) managed only two points in overtime.

Trey Burke missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation that would have won it for Michigan, the Wolverines' only miss in nine second-half 3-point attempts. Burke's 3 at the start of overtime made it 75-72, then neither team scored until Craft's driving layup with just less than a minute left.

Craft stole the ball from Burke, but the Michigan point guard hustled back to prevent an easy basket. The ball went out of bounds to Ohio State.

With the shot clock off, Craft drove past Burke, but Burke recovered to block Craft's shot from behind at the free-throw line. Michigan's Glenn Robinson III was fouled and made one free throw with 7.6 seconds left.

Deshaun Thomas scored 17 for the Buckeyes.

Michigan and Ohio State were meeting for the first time with both teams ranked in the top 10.

With a sold-out, early arriving crowd cheering them on, the Wolverines went on an early 12-0 run and led 18-8 after Burke scored off a nifty hesitation dribble. But the Buckeyes settled in, scoring the next seven and eventually taking a 29-28 lead when Craft drove for a layup.

NO. 8 MIAMI 72, BC 50: Junior reserve Rion Brown tied a career high with 22 points for the host Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0), who equaled the school record for ACC victories in a season. Miami has won 10 consecutive games and is 10-0 in its on-campus arena, winning each of the past three home games by at least 22 points. It is the last unbeaten team in league play among the major conferences.

NO. 13 KANSAS ST. 68, TEXAS TECH 59: Rodney McGruder had 18 points and nine rebounds for the visiting Wildcats (18-4, 7-2 Big 12), who won their third straight game.

KENTUCKY 77, S.C. 55: Julius Mays' 15 points led five players in double figures, and the host Wildcats (16-6, 7-2) moved within a game of first-place Florida in the SEC.

NORTH CAROLINA: Sophomore guard P.J. Hairston returned from a concussion that sidelined him for one game. He had 11 points in 12 minutes in an 87-62 win over visiting Wake Forest.

OLD DOMINION: Coach Blaine Taylor was fired with eight games remaining in the regular season. Taylor has the most wins in school history with 239 over 12 seasons, but his team is 2-20 this year and has lost 10 straight.

TENNESSEE: Senior forward Kenny Hall was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

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NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 59, VILLANOVA 52: Muffet McGraw became the 13th Division I coach to win 700 games as the visiting Irish (21-2, 9-0 Big East) held on. McGraw is 700-257 in 31 years and has 612 wins at Notre Dame.

NO. 3 UCONN 94, MARQUETTE 37: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 24 to lead six players in double figures for the host Huskies (21-1, 8-1 Big East), who were coming off a lackluster six-point win at St. John's.

NO. 22 OKLA. ST. 76, TCU 59: Tiffany Bias scored 19 for the host Cowgirls (16-5, 5-5 Big 12), who bounced back from two straight losses.

NO. 24 SYRACUSE 72, CINCINNATI 48: Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall had 23 points each as the visiting Orange (19-3, 7-2 Big East) won its third straight.

Michigan outlasts Ohio St. in OT 02/05/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:25am]
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