Michigan Gives Beilein Birthday Win Over Penn State
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 71, Penn State 51
Records: U-M (15-8, 5-6 Big Ten), Penn State (17-6, 6-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 7 -- at No. 1 Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.), 6 p.m.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On head coach John Beilein's 56th birthday, the University of Michigan men's basketball team overpowered Penn State in the second half, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 20-point victory, 71-51, on Thursday night (Feb. 5) at Crisler Arena. The triumph marks the first time the Nittany Lions have dropped a game when leading at the half this season and avenges U-M's 73-58 road loss to PSU earlier this season.

Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) recorded a game-high 19 second-half points to close the competition with a contest-best 28 points, six rebounds and a game-best seven assists. Reaching double digits for the fifth time this season, freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) totaled 13 points off a trio of triples and two inside buckets.

Trailing 31-29 at the break, it took the Maize and Blue nearly four minutes to tally its first field goal of the second stanza, but a Harris lay-in ended the drought and ignited a 15-3 U-M run to grant the home team a nine-point advantage, 45-36. Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) registered eight points during the stretch and finished the game with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Wolverines expanded their lead to as many as 20 points, 71-51, and held Penn State guard Taylor Battle, who leads the Big Ten in scoring, to only two free throws in the second half. Harris posted six assists in the second, while Sims added nine points, four rebounds and three assists.

Neither team was able to establish a lead greater than five points in the first half, but the Nittany Lions scored five consecutive points in the final minute to possess a 31-29 edge at the intermission. Harris led Michigan with nine points and three rebounds, while Douglass contributed eight off the bench. Both guards drained back-to-back three-pointers in the first stanza to aide the Wolverine effort.

The Michigan and Penn State offenses were powered by Harris and forward Jamelle Cornley, respectively, in the opening 10 minutes of the contest. Harris netted eight of the Wolverines' first 12 points of the competition, while Cornley accounted for 10 of the Nittany Lions' opening 12 points following the tip.

The Wolverines have a quick turnaround, hitting the road to take on top-ranked Connecticut this Saturday (Feb. 7) at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST and will be aired on ESPN and ESPN360.com.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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