The Wolverine

February 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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14 THE WOLVERINE FEBRUARY 2018   INSIDE MICHIGAN ATHLETICS FIVE YEARS AGO, 2013: Tim Hardaway Jr.'s slap-down of a last-ditch Aaron Craft shot gave John Beilein's crew a hard-earned 76-74 overtime victory against rival Ohio State. The No. 3 Wolverines moved to 21-2 with the win at Crisler Center. Hardaway put an exclamation point on a game in which he scored a game-high 23 points. He hit six three-point- e r s , w h i l e f r e s h m a n Mitch McGary notched a career-high 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four as- sists. Sophomore guard Trey Burke helped beat back the team from his home state, scoring 16 points and dishing out eight as- sists. The Buckeyes came into the contest tied with Michigan in the Big Ten and No. 10 nationally. Craft noted of the final drive: "There was a bit of contact. But they didn't call it, so I guess it wasn't a foul." Hardaway concurred in that assessment. "I saw the ball in my face, so I just tried to wrap it up," he said. "Probably got his arm or something like that, but it's up to the refs to call that call and they let it go." 1 0 Y E A R S AG O, 2008: Beilein's first squad in Ann Arbor en- dured some struggles a l o n g t h e w a y, b u t notched a big win over Ohio State that winter. The Wolverines broke up a 38-38 halftime dead- lock and raced away with an 80-70 win at Crisler Arena Feb. 17. Michigan's young play- ers tore the Buckeyes up, with freshman Manny Harris scoring 27 points and sopho- more DeShawn Sims tallying 22 for the Wolverines. They each grabbed seven rebounds, and helped limit OSU to just 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) shooting from three-point range. "There is an excitement about coming to the game," Beilein said. "People enjoy themselves and know it's a growth pro- cess that we're going through. Sending the fans home with a loss is real disappointing. To be able to do this and send everyone home with a win, and to keep them coming back, is going to be key for our program. "So I'm happy. It's not a win over a top-25 team, but Ohio State is going to be on the bubble all year long. They may be in the NCAA Tournament, so we are taking a step in the right direction." Sims also witnessed growth among the Wolverines. " W h e n y o u c l o s e games, it shows how tough your team is," he said. "Any team can be up at halftime, but dur- ing the last five minutes is when you learn how tough your team really is." 2 5 Y E A R S AG O, 1993: The Fab Five in- vaded Columbus and came away with a 66-64 victory over the Buck- eyes Feb. 28. Head coach Steve Fisher insisted that for a half, there wasn't much of a fivesome in- volved. Juwan Howard kept the Wolverines in it with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the first half, eventu- ally finishing with 18 points and 16 boards. Howard didn't get much help early, garnering a nickname from Fisher. " The first half, Juwan Howard was ' The Lone Ranger,'" Fisher said. "He fought tooth and nail in the jungle and everyone else was standing out- side, afraid to get into the fight. He had 13 re- bounds, and if we hadn't had him doing battle, we'd have been in a pot full of trouble. " Th e s e co n d h a l f, I thought we got a much, much better physical effort from the rest of them. Chris [ Webber] kept saying, 'They're double- and triple-teaming me,' but when that happens, someone else has to be open." The Wolverines trailed 36-31 at the half, but scrambled back behind the efforts of Howard and Jalen Rose, who scored 17, including a trio of free throws in the last 29 sec- onds to secure the win. — John Borton THIS MONTH IN MICHIGAN ATHLETICS HISTORY Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a game-high 23 points and came up with a game- clinching blocked shot to lead U-M to a 76-74 overtime win over No. 10 Ohio State Feb. 5, 2013. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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