ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team snapped its 10-game losing streak by beating Penn State 63-48 Wednesday night (Feb. 23) in front of 11,343 fans at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines used a series of runs in the first half to fuel a stellar second-half, giving U-M its first win since Jan. 15 and a season sweep of the Nittany Lions.
Wohl's six steals fell one shy of the U-M school record.
Penn State took an early 8-5 advantage with just over three minutes into the first half, but the Wolverines responded by going on a furious 10-0 run to gain a 15-8 lead with 14:04 left in the period. Harris and Coleman led the charge for the Maize-and-Blue, scoring all of Michigan's points during the two-and-half minute run. Harris got it going for the Wolverines with two consecutive baskets, giving Michigan its first lead of the ball game, 9-8, with 15:52 remaining in the half. Coleman followed suit, drilling two successive three-pointers, the first from the corner and the second from the wing -- both of which touched nothing but the bottom of the net.
The Nittany Lions answered with an 8-0 run, giving Penn State its first lead since the early moments of the ball game. With PSU up 16-15 at the 12:25 mark, U-M countered with a 12-2 run of its own. Harris accounted for seven of Michigan's 12 points, starting the run off with a fall-away jumper from the top of the key, only to come back and nail his first three-pointer of the game. Wohl added two free throws and Coleman hit his third three-pointer of the game, before Harris got on the board again, stretching the Wolverines lead to 27-18 with 5:55 left before half.
After trading buckets, resulting in a 29-24 Michigan lead, the Wolverines were once again able to go on a substantial run, going on a 7-2 stretch to close out the first half. After a Petway dunk brought Crisler Arena to its feet, Coleman connected on his fourth three-pointer of the half, giving U-M a 34-26 advantage with 0:25 left on the clock. With only 0:01 remaining in the half, Wohl drove the lane and threw an alley-oop to a streaking Petway along the baseline to send Michigan into the locker room up 36-26.
Harris and Coleman led the way for the Wolverines in the first half, combining for 28 of Michigan's 36 points. Harris had 16 points, including going seven-for-10 from the field, to go along with four assists and two steals. Coleman had an equally spectacular half, scoring 12 points on four-of-six shooting from beyond the arc in addition to leading the team with five rebounds.
Michigan's backcourt of Sherrod Harrell (Kalamazoo, Mich./Central HS) and Harris provided the momentum early in the second half, with Harell connecting on an early lay up to go along with two Harris buckets, to stretch U-M's lead to 45-32 with 15:19 left in the game. The Wolverines kept the energy going with another Coleman bucket, extending the Michigan lead to 51-34 with 12:49 remaining.
Both teams traded buckets for the next four minutes until a Michigan 7-0 run, capped off by a Harris three-pointer, gave the Wolverines a game-high 21-point lead, 60-39, lead with 6:42 left. Michigan did not score again until 0:50 left, when junior/sophomore Amadou Ba (Mauritania/Bridgton Academy, Maine) added a layup, preserving the 15-point Michigan victory.
The Wolverines will look to win their second in a row when they travel to Evanston, Ill., this Saturday (Feb. 26) to take on Northwestern. Game-time is set for 7 p.m. CST and will be televised by ESPN-Local.
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