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Lavender leads No. 5 Ohio State over Michigan

Jantel Lavender had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 5 Ohio State win its 12th straight game with a 58-56 victory over Michigan on Thursday night. Samantha Prahalis added 13 points and nine assists for Ohio State (20-1, 8-0 Big Ten). Carmen Reynolds scored 20 for Michigan (10-8, 2-6), which was trying to beat its rival at home for the first time since 1999. Trailing by three, Lavender scored to make it 50-49 with 6:23 left. Andrea Walker's layup gave the Buckeyes the lead. Michigan continued to struggle offensively, but Reynolds' 3-pointer pulled them within two. After a shot-clock violation by Ohio State, the Wolverines had the ball with 23.8 seconds left. Krista Phillips missed a 3-pointer and the Buckeyes couldn't corral the rebound giving Michigan one more chance. Reynolds though turned the ball over while driving the lane, allowing Ohio State to hold on. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)