Dwight Wilson III shocked the Crisler Center after he tied Ohio’s game against Michigan on a rebounded full-court pass. The quick-witted move was reminiscent of Ohio’s 2012 upset over Michigan in the NCAA Tournament. However, Ohio didn’t repeat history on Sunday, and it lost to Michigan 70-66 in overtime.
Here are the numbers to know from the loss:
A.J. Clayton had a rough day. The sophomore was 1-for-11 in field goal range. That number included all seven of the 3-pointers he missed. Clayton’s worst miss came in overtime, where he took a shot that could have helped Ohio win the game, but rather fell short in front of the basket.
Clayton isn’t the best shooter on Ohio’s roster, but a contribution from him every now and again could help Ohio (1-3, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) in the long run.
The Bobcats relied on Wilson on all sides of the court against the Wolverines (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten). Wilson led the Bobcats’ offense with 21 points and tied Miles Brown for the most rebounds with nine, seven of which were defensive.
Michigan struggled to guard Wilson in the paint. His size gave him an advantage and made it easier for him to maneuver defenders. He is a vital piece of Ohio’s success plan this season.
Once the clock switched to overtime, the Bobcats lost their ability to score. They opened the overtime period with a nearly four-minute scoring drought. The Bobcats' only points of the overtime period was an and-one layup by Wilson.
Michigan was all over Ohio during overtime. It turned up its defense and stayed sharp on offense until the final buzzer. Ohio did not share the same fate.
26 and some change
Michigan did not hold the keys all game. Ohio led for 26 minutes and 11 seconds and it trailed for a little over 12 minutes. Ohio could have won the game had it had better luck on defense.
Ohio’s largest lead was nine points. It was substantial against a tough Michigan team; however, it was not enough to keep Michigan from prevailing.