Zavier Simpson played in his 100th career game at the University of Michigan on Tuesday night from Crisler Center in frigid Ann Arbor, Michigan and he made sure that he put on a show for those in attendance in a heated rivalry game.
No. 5 Michigan (20-1, 9-1 B1G) took down Ohio State (13-7, 3-6 B1G) by a score of 65-49 in a packed home court and was led by a triple-double out of their junior point guard, who finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists on the night.
The stat line was Michigan’s sixth of its kind in school history and first since Derrick Walton Jr. did it back in 2015. Five of those triple doubles have come under head coach John Beilein.
Jordan Poole and Ignas Brazdeikis led the team in scoring with 15 and 14 points, respectively, on the evening. Isaiah Livers came in and had 12 of them off the bench. Michigan shot only 40.7 percent from the floor on the evening, but it was another strong and smothering performance from the defense that led the way.
These two teams went back and forth to start the game in what was a low-scoring slugfest early on, but Michigan used a 7-0 run at the end of the first half to head into the locker room with a 32-26 lead over the Buckeyes. From there, it was all Michigan, as they held Ohio State to only 36.5 percent shooting on the night and forced 19 turnovers.
Next up for Michigan is a trip to Iowa on Friday night in a 7 p.m. ET tipoff.