Eli Brooks ties career high with 8 points, but Michigan squanders big lead vs. Ohio State


For a second consecutive game, Spring Grove High School graduate Eli Brooks enjoyed a career night for the Michigan men's basketball team.

Spring Grove grad Eli Brooks matched a career-high with eight points during the Wolverines' 71-62 loss to Ohio State on Monday, Dec. 4. FILE PHOTO

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Brooks dished out a career-high six assists in the Wolverines' win over Indiana. On Monday, Dec. 4, Brooks matched a career high with eight points in Michigan's 71-62 defeat at Ohio State. 

The loss by the Wolverines dropped them to 7-3.

Things started off promisingly for both Brooks and Michigan on Monday. Making his sixth consecutive start at point guard and facing a school that heavily recruited him before his senior year at Spring Grove, Brooks got off to a hot start. Brooks opened the game's scoring by finishing a contested, fast-break layup and then knocked down his first 3-point attempt to score five quick points. 

Michigan built a 22-point lead midway through the first half, before a long scoring drought allowed the Buckeyes to get back into the game. Over the course of the final couple minutes of the first half and well into the second half, Ohio State went on a 26-3 scoring run to eventually take a one-point lead. Those three points that the Wolverines scored came courtesy of a second Brooks' 3-pointer, his final made basket of the night.

Michigan briefly pulled back in front, but a 15-2 run by the Buckeyes to close the game helped them earn the Big Ten Conference victory.

Brooks finished the contest by playing 13 minutes. He added a rebound, an assist and a steal to his stat line. Brooks is averaging 4.1 points per game.