ann-arbor With the taste of a Legends Classic blowout loss in their mouths, the Wolverines searched for a cure.
A home game against Mid-American Conference opponents Ohio seemed like a much-needed elixir.
While it wasn’t pretty and far from easy, No. 20 Michigan made enough plays late in the rule and in overtime to earn a 70-66 win at the Crisler Center on Sunday.
Junior center Hunter Dickinson led with 24 points and 14 rebounds, freshman wing Jett Howard added 13 points and grad transfer guard Jaelin Llewellyn scored 10 for Michigan (4-1), who outrebounded 49-46 and shot 38.1% from the field ( 24-for-63).
Dwight Wilson scored 21, Jaylin Hunter 14 and Miles Brown 11 for Ohio (1-3). The Bobcats shot 7-to-28 from 3-point range and converted 19 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points, including an offensive putback that hit the buzzer and forced overtime.
The Wolverines took control early in overtime with a Dickinson bucket in the suit and a Howard 3 pointer to forge a 68-63 lead at the 3:47 mark of overtime.
Ohio, meanwhile, missed its first seven shots of overtime before Wilson converted a three-point game that made it a one-ball game, 68-66, 1:09 to play.
After Llewellyn split two free throws to make it a three-point game, Ohio had a chance to equalize. But Ben Roderick was fouled with five seconds left, missing the front end of a one-and-one. Junior forward Terrance Williams II grabbed the rebound and shared two free throws, and Ohio’s last-second lift was wide.
After gaining momentum and taking the lead late in the first half on a dominant stretch from Dickinson, the Wolverines failed to tame the Bobcats. Michigan got some breathing room with back-to-back 3-pointers from Williams and Llewellyn to take it 16-11 to 41-35.
The Bobcats hit back with an 18-5 run that included two deep balls from Roderick — the first coming from a turnover and the second from an offensive rebound — to take a 47-45 lead with 12:48 remaining.
Michigan responded briefly with a Dickinson dunk from a pick and roll game to level it, but Ohio kept attacking and capped the sprint with four baskets in or around the suit to be 55-48 at the 8: 29 mark to go up.
Unable to move much on offense, the Wolverines trudged through a 1-on-10 shooting stretch until second guard Kobe Bufkin hit a jumper and Williams followed with a 3-pointer to go 5-20 to 57- 55 to reduce play.
Wilson countered with back-to-back baskets, including a high-arc baseline shot over Dickinson to make it a six-point game with four minutes left. From there, Michigan got enough stops and made enough plays on the track.
The Wolverines responded with a free throw from Llewellyn and a 3-pointer from Howard to draw within 61-59. Then Bufkin made up for missing the front end of a one-and-one with a driving layup to tie it at 61 with 1:09.
After forcing a shot clock violation on Ohio’s subsequent possession, Bufkin turned the ball over on a faulty pass. The Bobcats had a shot to victory in the closing seconds, but Hunter’s 3-pointer bounced off the rim and Bufkin made up for his turnover by deflecting the rebound while being fouled with 2.1 seconds left.
Bufkin preserved both, and Ohio capitalized on his last chance, heaving a full-court pass that hit the side of the rim and raced straight to Roderick. After his attempt failed, Wilson was spot on to beat the clock with a putback and force overtime.