Simpson triple-double lifts Michigan over OSU
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Despite frigid temperatures outside, the Michigan basketball team was treated to a raucous environment in Crisler Center Tuesday evening as the Wolverines played host to Ohio State. The Buckeyes found success out of the gate on offense despite the crowd, but the game quickly turned into a defensive battle with the Maize and Blue defeating their rival 65-49.

Playing from behind for most of the first half, the Wolverines went on a 10-2 run heading into the break, claiming six point lead, which they slowly extended as the game progressed. Ohio State turned the ball over 19 times, with the U-M defense stealing 11 of those away.

Zavier Simpson led the way for Michigan, registering a rare triple-double with 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Following the game, John Beilein commented that he did not recall having ever previously had a player with a 12-assist, 0-turnover outing.

Jordan Poole led the Wolverines in scoring with 15 points, while Ignas Brazdeikis had 14, and Isaiah Livers had 12.

Improving to 20-1 on the season, and 9-1 in conference play, Michigan will return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. eastern, playing at Iowa. The Hawkeyes have gone 16-5, but have struggled in conference play, losing their first three Big Ten games as well as their most recent two.

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