Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Nik Stauskas scored four of Michigan’s last seven points as the Wolverines defeated Ohio State, 72-69, to earn their first Big Ten finals appearance since 1998 Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Buckeyes grabbed a 68-65 lead after Sam Thompson’s jumper but Stauskas retaliated with a jumper while Glenn Robinson III added two foul shots to put the Wolverines ahead with 2:55 remaining.
After Stauskas made a layup, LaQuinton Ross split his charities to bring the Buckeyes within two with 44 seconds remaining.
The Buckeyes had a chance to tie the game after Spike Albrecht made just one free throw with six seconds left.
However, Aaron Craft committed a turnover, allowing the Wolverines to escape with the victory and a championship date with the winner of the Wisconsin-Michigan State clash Sunday.
Stauskas scored 18, Caris Lavert had 17 and Glenn Robinson III added 11 for the Wolverines (25-7), who held the Buckeyes without a field goal in the final four minutes and 12 seconds of the game.
The win snapped the Wolverines’ six-game losing streak to the Buckeyes (25-9) in the tournament.
Ross led the Buckeyes with 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting while Shannon Scott added 18 points off the bench. Sam Thompson added 11 points while Craft had nine for Ohio State.