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Big Ten Tournament 2011: Buckeyes Pull Away Late To Defeat Wolverines, 68-61

The Ohio State Buckeyes led by as many as 18 points in the second half, and used that big cushion to take down their rivals from Michigan, 68-61, in the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament.

Ten minutes into the second half, Tim Hardaway, Jr. made a shot to pull the Wolverines to within two at 47-45, but the Buckeyes went on a big 16-0 run after that to open their lead up to 18. The Wolverines didn't get any closer than four the rest of the way.

The Buckeyes had a balanced attack this afternoon, with Jon Diebler leading the way with 16 points, and Jared Sullinger and William Buford chipping in with 14 points each. Sullinger also pulled down 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes.

For the Wolverines, Darius Morris led the team with 16 points, and Hardaway, Jr. put in 15.

The Buckeyes now await the winner of the second game of the day between Penn State and Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament finals.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.