Michigan freshmen Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin walked onto the Value City Arena floor for the first time on Tuesday night.

They both immediately got their first taste of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry. A video montage of anti-blue propaganda splashed on the video screen. Fans booed the Wolverines throughout warmups. Most of the arena's 18,809 seats eventually filled up.

As for that taste, though. Walton and Irvin devoured it. As a result, coach John Beilein crossed a major item off his to-do list.

The two first-timers combined for 23 points, three made 3-pointers, 13 rebounds and six assists to help spring No. 15 Michigan to a 70-60 over No. 22 Ohio State.

The win marked Beilein's first win as Michigan coach in Columbus and was the Wolverines' first win at Ohio State since a 61-50 victory on Jan. 15, 2003. Overall, the Buckeyes had won eight of the last 10 meetings and 17 of 21 against the Wolverines under coach Thad Matta.

Far more importantly to Beilein, the victory pushed U-M to 18-6 overall and 10-2 in the Big Ten. That conference mark is good for first place, a half-game ahead of Michigan State.

In spite of falling in a deep early hole, Michigan stormed back and delivered its best half of basketball since the second half of a win over Michigan State on Jan. 25. The Wolverines outscored Ohio State 44-30 on 13-of-25 shooting after halftime.

Michigan took its first lead since the early stages of the first half on a pair of Nik Stauskas free throws with 10:56 remaining. The shots fell during a stirring 12-0 run that came in a blink -- from the 11:49 mark of the second half until 9:15 remaining.

The spurt was highlight by a 3-pointer from Irvin and three-point conversion by Walton in traffic.

Coincidentally or not, the stretch came with struggling sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III on the bench, replaced by Irvin. The freshman checked in with 13:40 in the half before returning to the bench with 6:21 left. All told, U-M outscored Ohio State 16-9 in that stretch.

Robinson did manage to deliver when it counted, however.

With U-M leading 56-52 and under three minutes remaining, Robinson found himself alone in the corner and with a heavy weight on his shoulders.

His open 3-pointer found the net. Michigan found breathing room.

Robinson finished with nine points on 3-for-10 shooting.

Nik Stauskas led the Wolverines with 15 points and hit three 3-pointers.

Walton ended the night with 13 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and six assists. Irvin posted 10 points and three boards.

Ohio State (19-6, 6-6 Big Ten) was led by 24 points from junior LaQuinton Ross.

The night opened as a bad flashback to Saturday in Iowa City, when U-M was rolled over out of the gates and never recovered. The Buckeyes made eight of their first 10 field goals -- all scored in the paint -- and led 17-8 after the opening seven minutes.

On the other end, Michigan's offense consisted of over-dribbling and bad shot selections.

Looking to turn defense into offense, U-M gradually slowed down the Buckeyes' attack. OSU scored two lone field goals from the 12:46 mark of the half to the 7:46 mark.

The Wolverines couldn't capitalize, though, and still trailed by as many as 10 with 3:21 left till halftime.

A 3-pointer by Stauskas changed that. The sophomore freed himself from Aaron Craft, found space, and canned a jumped from the wing to kick-start an out-of-nowhere 8-0 Michigan run.

Ohio State tacked on two free throws by Ross with 1.4 second left in the first half, but only led 30-26 at halftime. The reduced deficit was a minor U-M victory heading into the locker room.

It was only the preface to a dominant second-half showing.

The Wolverines snapped Ohio State's three-game winning streak with the victory.

Michigan is off until a Sunday afternoon date with No. 21 Wisconsin (19-5, 6-5 Big Ten) at Crisler Center (1 p.m., TV: CBS)