Men: Ohio State wins 94-85 at Michigan

Associated Press
Published February 10, 2006

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jamar Butler scored a career-high 20 points to lead No. 19 Ohio State to a 94-85 victory over No. 22 Michigan on Thursday for the Buckeyes' first win at Crisler Arena since 2002.

The victory moved Ohio State into a three-way tie with Michigan State and Illinois for second in the Big Ten. Iowa leads by a half-game.

Courtney Sims had 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Wolverines (16-5, 6-4), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

"We had some critical turnovers late in the game," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said, "and some of those were when we were trying to get the ball to Courtney."

Chris Hunter's three-point play gave Michigan a 73-70 lead with 8:45 left, but Ohio State answered with a 14-2 run, during which it was 7-for-7 from the field, to go ahead for good.

The Wolverines led 21-8 early in the game before the Buckeyes (17-3, 7-3) heated up. Ohio State hit 12 of 16 3-pointers in the first half, including nine of its last 10, and led 49-43 at the half.

The Buckeyes' 15 3-pointers were their most this season and marked the second time in as many games Michigan surrendered more than 10. Iowa made 13 3-pointers in Saturday's 94-66 win over the Wolverines.

Je'kel Foster added 17 points for the Buckeyes, who also got 14 from Ron Lewis and 13 from J.J. Sullinger.

"We haven't beaten a Top 20 team on the road in the year-and-a-half since I've been here," Ohio State's Thad Matta said. "That's a goal we've always had and it's nice to see it happen."

Michigan guard Dion Harris had 14 points before spraining his right ankle midway through the second half. He is scheduled to be evaluated today.

"He was having a great game," Buckeyes guard Ron Lewis said of Harris, "but after he left, we knew we had to keep pressuring them.

"We forced some turnovers and got some baskets."

The Wolverines also were without swingman Lester Abram, who missed his second straight game with an injured left ankle.

Daniel Horton had 15 points and 10 assists for Michigan and Ron Coleman scored 15 points.

NO. 13 UCLA 50, WASH. ST. 30: Jordan Farmar scored 20 for the visiting Bruins (20-4, 10-2 Pac-10) in a game between the top defensive teams in the league. UCLA recorded its first 20-win season since 2001-02.

Big East

NO. 15 GEORGETOWN 64, ST. JOHN'S 41: Brandon Bowman scored 16 and the host Hoyas (17-4, 8-2) played strong defense from the start to win their seventh straight.

Bowman and Roy Hibbert were a combined 12-for-16 from the field, accounting for 30 of Georgetown's first 50 points as Georgetown avoided a letdown in between games against Pitt and West Virginia.

Big East player of the week Jeff Green didn't make a field goal until his 3-pointer with 8:30 left gave the Hoyas a 31-point lead, and starting guard Ashanti Cook went 0-for-5 from the field.

SETON HALL: Ramon Ramos, who almost died in an automobile accident 16 years ago, returned to his alma mater to be inducted into its athletic Hall of Fame. The former center has partially recovered, though his speech is slurred, his gait unsteady and his short-term memory has never returned. He has been living in his native Puerto Rico. "It feels very good to be back," a smiling Ramos said.

"You come across a lot of people during your job as a basketball coach," Ramos' former coach, P.J. Carlesimo, said as they embraced. "I've been very blessed to have coached some exceptional athletes, but none were better than this guy."

While a rookie free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers, Ramos suffered severe head trauma when his car skidded off an Oregon highway on Dec. 16, 1989. Doctors gave him a slim chance of survival and he lapsed in and out of a coma for months.

Ramos, a 6-foot-8 center, scored 1,017 points and grabbed 631 rebounds with the Pirates. He still holds the school record for career shooting percentage (.557) and is third on the school's all-time list for blocks (146).

NO. 4 VILLANOVA: Guard Mike Nardi did not practice Thursday and might not be available for Saturday's game at DePaul. The team's third-leading scorer is day to day with tonsillitis.


FIU 58, ARK.-LITTLE ROCK 55: The Golden Panthers' top scorer, Ivan Almonte, had only 11, and no one else on the team scored more than nine, but visiting FIU (6-15, 3-6) held on.

LIPSCOMB 75, N. FLORIDA 65: Host Lipscomb overcame a game-high 24 points from North Florida's Rashad Williams, who was 8-for-12 from the floor and 8-for-8 from the line.


ARIZONA 70, OREGON 68: Kirk Walters scored a career-high 18 and Mustafa Shakur made a pair of free throws with nine seconds left for the host Wildcats (14-9, 7-5 Pac-10). Arizona led 37-27 at halftime and had a double-digit lead several times but had to overcome a five-point deficit in the final 1:52 to break a three-game losing streak, its longest since the 1991-92 season.

ARIZONA ST. 76, OREGON ST. 59: Jeff Pendergraph had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the host Sun Devils (9-12, 3-9 Pac-10).