Jan. 7, 2010
With the win, Michigan improves to 8-6 on the season (2-1 in Big Ten).
It is Michigan's first "true" road win of the season (1-3 road; 1-2 neutral). It is also the second time this season that Michigan has come back and won the game after trailing at halftime (Dec. 13 vs. Detroit)
It is the second time this season Michigan has won two games (or more) in a row. The Wolverines opened the season with three straight wins: Northern Michigan (Nov. 14), Houston Baptist (Nov. 20) and Creighton (Nov. 26). They had alternated wins and losses since a Dec. 5 win against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
It is Michigan's first win at Penn State since Feb. 1, 2006 (W, 71-65).
Michigan has won eight of its last 10 against Penn State.
The Wolverines trailed by as many as 16 in the contest and trailed 31-16 at the break. They outscored Penn State 48-24 in the second half and went on a 38-13 run during the frame to seize control.
Penn State led 52-51 with 3:50 remaining before Michigan outscored the Nittany Lions 12-4 to close the game.
Michigan once again went with a lineup of DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris, Stu Douglass, Zack Novak and Laval Lucas-Perry.
With his start against Penn State, Manny Harris has now started in all 81 games in his U-M career, while Stu Douglass has played in all 49 in his career. Zack Gibson extended his consecutive-games played streak to 82, while DeShawn Sims has played in 111 consecutive for Michigan.
After scoring a career-high 28 points in last Sunday's win over Ohio State, DeShawn Sims led all scorers with 25 points (12-of-17) and led the Wolverines with six rebounds. He scored 10 of Michigan's 16 points in the first half.
Manny Harris, the Big Ten's leading scorer (19.8 ppg), scored 13 points and had four assists, four steals and three rebounds.
After going scoreless in each of his last two games, Laval Lucas-Perry finished with 16 points, hitting four three-pointers in the second half. He also grabbed five rebounds. It is his highest point total since the win against Creighton (Nov. 26).
The Michigan defense held Talor Battle to just nine points (all in the first half), well below his season average of 18.8.
Michigan missed every one of its three-point attempts in the first half (0-for-12). Its first make came at the 11:56 mark from Zack Novak. U-M finished 7-of-24 (29 percent).
The Wolverines only scored 16 points in the first half, a season low. The previous low was 27 in the loss at Utah (Dec. 9).
Michigan had nine turnovers in the first half compared to only three in the second half. The Wolverines had 14 assists on 26 field goals, giving them a positive assist-turnover ratio in every game this season.
The Wolverines shot just 34 percent in the first half but were red hot in the second half, shooting at a clip of 66 percent. They shot 52 percent for the game.
On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan forced 17 Penn State turnovers and converted them into 29 points. Michigan also scored 26 points in the paint. The Wolverines have forced opponents into double-digit turnovers in 12 of their 14 games this season.
Michigan wore its maize uniforms for the fourth time this season (3-1 when wearing maize).
Both teams went an identical 5-for-8 from the free throw line.
Only three players came off the bench for the Wolverines -- Darius Morris, Zack Gibson, Matt Vogrich -- but none of them scored. Michigan's scoring output came entirely from its starting five.
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