Score: Penn State 73, Michigan 58
Records: U-M (13-6, 3-4 Big Ten), Penn State (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 24 -- vs. Northwestern (Crisler Arena), 8 p.m.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team ran into a red-hot Penn State team that shot 58.0 percent (29-of-50) from the field as the Nittany Lions defeated the Wolverines, 73-58, on Wednesday night (Jan. 20) at the Bryce Jordan Center. Michigan shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) in the contest and made just five three-pointers, suffering its third straight loss. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions shot 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from three-point land, including 7-of-10 in the second half.
Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) led the Maize and Blue with 19 points and 10 rebounds forhis fifth double-double of the season.
Sims opened the contest with an offensive rebound and a put back to give the Maize and Blue the first points of the contest. Sophomore guard Kelvin Grady(Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS) followed with a triple from the top of the key to give U-M an early 5-0 advantage.
Trailing by three, Penn State went on a 14-2 run to take an 18-9 lead at the midway point of the first half.
Senior forward Jevohn Shepherd(Toronto, Ontario/West Hill Collegiate) came off the bench to give U-M a lift with a pair of slashing drives to the basket as the Wolverines and Nittany Lions traded baskets over the final 10 minutes of the half, and Penn State took a 29-22 advantage into halftime.
Sims led the Maize and Blue with eight points in the opening stanza; Jamelle Cornley led all scorers with 11 points for Penn State, who shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) in the opening half to U-M's 30.0 percent (9-of-30).
Penn State started the second half on an 8-2 run, pushing its lead to 37-24 less than three minutes into the second stanza, forcing a Michigan timeout. Already leading by 12, the Nittany Lions then went on a 13-2 run to push their lead out to 53-30 with eight minutes off the second-half clock.
Sims continued to try to lead the Maize and Blue back, scoring 13 points after the break, but the Wolverines were unable to slow down the scorching Penn State offense.
Four Nittany Lions reached double figures in the game, led by Cornley with 16 and 11 rebounds.
The Wolverines return to Crisler Arena this Saturday (Jan. 24) when they host the Wildcats of Northwestern. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423