Feb. 20, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Penn State 55, Michigan 51
Records: U-M (13-13, 6-8 Big Ten), Penn State (10-16, 2-12 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Feb. 23 -- vs. Illinois (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Looking for its third straight victory, the University of Michigan men's basketball team rallied late in the second half but came up short and fell, 55-51, to Penn State in front of a sell-out crowd on Saturday night (Feb. 20) at Crisler Arena. Junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) led the Wolverines with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the floor.
Facing a nine-point deficit (53-44) with 7:53 to play, Harris kept the Wolverines in the contest with seven straight points. He nailed a corner three off a kick-out from sophomore guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), drained a floater in the lane and then picked up a loose ball and streaked down court for a dunk that cut the Penn State lead to 53-51. Michigan turned up the defensive pressure and held the Nittany Lions scoreless for more than seven minutes down the stretch until Jeff Brooks hit a jumper with 14 seconds left to seal the victory for Penn State.
The Wolverines held the lead for the majority of the first half, but Penn State answered every Wolverine run and the score was deadlocked, 29-29, at the break. Michigan took a 15-6 lead after a 10-0 run, highlighted by a pair of triples from Harris and Douglass. Penn State countered the Wolverine surge with a 10-0 run of its own before another Harris three-pointer and an old-fashioned three-point play by Douglass stopped the Nittany Lion momentum. The Wolverines continued their long-range barrage with back-to-back three-pointers from sophomore guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and Harris that widened the margin to nine (27-18) with 6:08 left before Penn State finally connected from distance with a trio of trifectas.
While Michigan relied on three-point shooting to spark its offense, Penn State penetrated the Wolverine defense for easy buckets in the paint and held an 18-8 scoring advantage inside in the half. Harris led the Wolverines with 11 points in the half, while senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit,Mich./Pershing) struggled to establish himself in the post and recorded only four points in the opening period.
Sims came out of the locker room determined to get on track and hit three baskets in the opening three minutes of the second half, but was held scoreless for the remainder of the contest. Penn State went on a 10-2 run to take a 48-41 lead that it never relinquished. Michigan could not find a spark for its stagnate offense, mustering just one field goal in nearly nine minutes as the Nittany Lions built their lead.
Michigan made only one three-pointer in the second half and finished the game 6-for-28 (21.4 percent) from distance. Talor Battle led Penn State with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Nittany Lions held a 39-25 advantage on the boards.
The Wolverines will look to find the winning touch once again when they host Illinois this Tuesday (Feb. 23) at 7 p.m. at Crisler Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423