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Simpson's triple-double lifts No. 5 Michigan over Ohio State

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Kaleb Wesson was alone behind the defense, with a chance for an easy dunk or layup.

Zavier Simpson - 9 inches shorter - never gave up on the play.

''He just competes,'' Michigan coach John Beilein said. ''He's relentless in his desire to win.''

Simpson hustled back and blocked Wesson's shot , and soon after that, No. 5 Michigan broke the game open against rival Ohio State, beating the Buckeyes 65-49 on Tuesday night. In addition to that blocked shot, Simpson finished with a triple-double - 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The Michigan point guard also had no turnovers in 35:51 of action in an emotionally charged game.

Jordan Poole scored 15 points for the Wolverines (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten), who led by six at halftime and kept the Buckeyes frustrated after that. Ohio State (13-7, 3-6) has lost six of seven, and the Buckeyes' chances of an upset in Ann Arbor were done in by their 19 turnovers.

It wasn't the easiest night for either team offensively, but Michigan ended up 10 of 27 from 3-point range, and Ohio State (5 of 21) didn't come close to matching that. Wesson led the Buckeyes with 12 points, but much of that was early.

The Wolverines led 32-26 at halftime. After Wesson opened the second half with a 3-pointer, Michigan slowly extended the lead, going ahead 44-33 on a 3 by Poole. Simpson later connected from beyond the arc to start a 9-0 run that made it 56-38.

''He's a tremendous, tremendous player,'' Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. ''He really is, and deserves a lot of credit for how he impacts winning.''

Simpson seemed to be everywhere in the second half, including in a brief skirmish that resulted in technical fouls for two players from each team.

''I think we can handle it better. I think that was accumulation of some frustration, for a variety of reasons,'' Holtmann said. ''I thought the game was really physical for the bulk of the game. When it's that physical, those things tend to happen.''

ENERGY

With sub-zero temperatures in the forecast, Michigan canceled classes Wednesday and Thursday. That may have brought the student fans to even more of a fever pitch for this matchup with the rival Buckeyes. There were profane chants throughout the night, and the crowd roared with just under 3:00 remaining, when Simpson's 10th rebound gave him the triple-double.

Michigan's football team lost 62-39 at Ohio State in November, and it was fair to wonder if Beilein's tenacious team would allow that many points in the basketball matchup. On the contrary, the Wolverines held the Buckeyes under 50 for the first time in this rivalry since Jan. 29, 1949 - 70 years ago to the day. Michigan won that game 54-48.

Simpson, who is from Ohio, exemplified the chip on Michigan's shoulder against the Buckeyes.

''Guys are tough with their mouth but they're not tough with their play,'' Simpson said. ''A lot of guys like to, you know, talk - which I appreciate. We feed off that. That gets us going.''

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have been without injured forward Kyle Young for three games. They snapped a five-game losing streak with a win at Nebraska last weekend, but they don't appear to have righted the ship. Once Michigan started shooting better, Ohio State had no answer.

Michigan: It was a comprehensive win for the Wolverines, even if it stayed close for a half. Beilein now has 120 regular-season Big Ten victories, tying Johnny Orr's school record. Beilein also holds the overall school record with 268 wins.

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It was an impressive win for Michigan, but not a particularly surprising one. There's more work to do later in the week.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: The Buckeyes will have a chance to get back on track with a couple home games - against Rutgers on Saturday and Penn State next week.

Michigan: The Wolverines play at Iowa on Friday night.

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Key Players
C. Jackson
3 G
Z. Simpson
3 G
32.7 Min. Per Game 32.7
8.8 Pts. Per Game 8.8
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
41.2 Field Goal % 43.2
38.5 Three Point % 28.6
80.3 Free Throw % 54.8
  Defensive rebound by David DeJulius 21.0
  Duane Washington Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 23.0
  Defensive rebound by Joey Lane 31.0
  Colin Castleton missed 3-pt. jump shot 33.0
+ 2 Jaedon LeDee made alley-oop shot, assist by Duane Washington Jr. 53.0
  Defensive rebound by Duane Washington Jr. 1:01
  David DeJulius missed jump shot 1:03
+ 1 Andre Wesson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:22
+ 1 Andre Wesson made 1st of 2 free throws 1:22
  Shooting foul on Zavier Simpson 1:22
+ 2 Isaiah Livers made dunk, assist by Zavier Simpson 1:34
Team Stats
Points 49 65
Field Goals 19-52 (36.5%) 22-54 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 5-21 (23.8%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 6-6 (100.0%) 11-12 (91.7%)
Total Rebounds 35 29
Offensive 10 6
Defensive 24 21
Team 1 2
Assists 10 15
Steals 4 11
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 18 8
Fouls 18 14
Technicals 3 2
12 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Ohio State 13-7 262349
home team logo 5 Michigan 20-1 323365
Team Stats
away team logo Ohio State 13-7 69.4 PPG 37.7 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo 5 Michigan 20-1 70.3 PPG 37.9 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
34
K. Wesson F 14.6 PPG 6.9 RPG 1.8 APG 50.2 FG%
2
J. Poole G 12.9 PPG 2.9 RPG 2.1 APG 43.5 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Wesson F 12 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
J. Poole G 15 PTS 0 REB 0 AST
36.5 FG% 40.7
23.8 3PT FG% 37.0
100.0 FT% 91.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wesson 12 7 1 5/12 2/2 0/0 5 21 0 3 1 3 4
C. Jackson 11 8 4 4/6 0/1 3/3 1 30 1 0 1 1 7
A. Wesson 8 2 1 2/5 1/2 3/3 4 29 0 1 2 1 1
L. Muhammad 3 4 0 1/5 1/3 0/0 2 32 1 0 3 0 4
M. Jallow 0 3 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 27 0 0 3 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wesson 12 7 1 5/12 2/2 0/0 5 21 0 3 1 3 4
C. Jackson 11 8 4 4/6 0/1 3/3 1 30 1 0 1 1 7
A. Wesson 8 2 1 2/5 1/2 3/3 4 29 0 1 2 1 1
L. Muhammad 3 4 0 1/5 1/3 0/0 2 32 1 0 3 0 4
M. Jallow 0 3 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 27 0 0 3 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Washington Jr. 5 1 2 2/8 1/5 0/0 0 16 1 0 2 0 1
J. Ahrens 4 3 0 2/5 0/3 0/0 0 11 0 0 1 1 2
J. LeDee 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 2 0
K. Woods 2 3 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 3 24 1 0 4 0 3
J. Lane 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
D. Hummer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 34 10 19/52 5/21 6/6 18 200 4 4 18 10 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Poole 15 0 0 5/14 3/10 2/2 2 38 3 1 3 0 0
I. Brazdeikis 14 3 1 4/7 2/3 4/4 2 35 2 0 3 0 3
Z. Simpson 11 10 12 5/13 1/5 0/0 2 36 2 1 0 2 8
C. Matthews 9 3 1 3/8 1/3 2/2 1 31 1 0 1 1 2
J. Teske 4 5 0 1/4 0/0 2/2 2 25 0 1 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Poole 15 0 0 5/14 3/10 2/2 2 38 3 1 3 0 0
I. Brazdeikis 14 3 1 4/7 2/3 4/4 2 35 2 0 3 0 3
Z. Simpson 11 10 12 5/13 1/5 0/0 2 36 2 1 0 2 8
C. Matthews 9 3 1 3/8 1/3 2/2 1 31 1 0 1 1 2
J. Teske 4 5 0 1/4 0/0 2/2 2 25 0 1 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Livers 12 4 0 4/6 3/5 1/2 4 23 3 0 1 0 4
A. Davis 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Brooks 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
C. Castleton 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. DeJulius 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
B. Johns Jr. 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
A. Nunez 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Faulds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Baird - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Ozuna-Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 27 15 22/54 10/27 11/12 14 200 11 3 8 6 21