Published May 02, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Spike Albrecht scored 16 points and dished out five assists in the Michigan Wolverines' 64-57 win over the 24th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday.
Zak Irvin added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Wolverines (14-13, 7-8 Big Ten), who snapped a five-game skid and avenged a 71-52 loss to Ohio State on Jan. 13.
"Not turning the ball over was huge for us," Wolverines coach John Beilein said.
D'Angelo Russell ended with 16 points for the Buckeyes (19-8, 8-6), who have lost two in a row. Keita Bates-Diop and Sam Thompson contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.
"It seemed like we were on our heels too much defensively," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said.
Michigan opened the game on a 7-0 spurt and never looked back. The score was 15-7 when the Wolverines created some distance with a 16-4 run. Kameron Chatman tallied six points during the surge that Andrew Dakich capped with a 3-pointer for a 31-11 edge.
Irvin scored 10 points in the first half for Michigan, which shot 53.1 percent from the field en route to a 39-23 lead.
Trailing 49-32, Ohio State used a 14-0 run to make things interesting. Russell tallied eight points during the burst and Bates-Diop's jumper cut the gap to 49-46 with 6:59 to play.
Irvin stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer and Michigan led by at least four the rest of the way.
The Buckeyes turned the ball over 14 times, leading to 11 Michigan points ... Ohio State returns home Thursday evening to face Nebraska, while the Wolverines visit Maryland on Saturday.