It took 31 seconds for Michigan to show that the Wolverines can still look like just a bunch of 19-year-olds.
The 18th-ranked Wolverines played fast and loose with the ball three consecutive times in the second half. Fifth-ranked Ohio State converted the turnovers into three baskets during a 10-0 run, leading to a 77-66 Big Ten victory on Tuesday night."I'll tell you, you'd better beat Michigan right now because they're going to be a great team," Ohio State coach Randy Ayers said. "The scary part is they had three or four freshmen on the floor the whole night and still competed hard."
For all but those 31 seconds, Michigan stayed right with the more-experienced Buckeyes. No one in the capacity crowd at St. John Arena would have guessed the Wolverines were first-year players after they forged a 36-32 lead at the half and were up 57-52 with 6:50 to play.
That's when things got nightmarish for Steve Fisher's team.
"We were holding our own until we had those three straight turnovers," the Michigan coach said. "That was the critical point of the game."
After Michigan pulled to 64-61 with 3:57 left, Chris Jent added the finishing touch with a 3-pointer that put the Buckeyes out of reach.
"The turning points were the three steals and Chris' 3-pointer," said Jim Jackson, who had 25 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. "Those plays came from our defense."
No. 7 Arkansas 106, No. 23 LSU 92
Lee Mayberry made a school-record nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 35 points as Arkansas rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to win a key Southeastern Conference game.
Mayberry scored 23 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that tied it at 87 with 1:19 remaining and sent the game into overtime.
Shaquille O'Neal, who had 11 points and seven rebounds in the first half for LSU (18-8, 11-4), finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Wyoming 86, Air Force 60
At Colorado Springs, Co., Wyoming opened with a 20-4 run over Air Force, capped by a 3-pointer by Tim Breaux and held a 25-point edge at the half in defeating the Falcons 86-60 Tuesday night in a Western Athletic Conference game.
The Falcons (9-18, 3-12) made just one of their first 16 field goal attempts and trailed 38-13 at the half. Wyoming improved to 15-12, 7-8.