Michigan lost its third straight Big Ten game, its longest losing stint of the season. The Wolverines have closed out a stretch of four conference games in a nine-day span.
Michigan is now 21-10 all-time against Penn State, with an 8-7 mark at the Jordan Center. The 15-point loss to Penn State is the second-worst in the series history. Penn State's best win over U-M was an 18-point victory at the Jordan Center on Jan. 2, 1999.
DeShawn Sims'19 points give him his 18th game this season scoring in double figures and the 44th in his career. Sims, who now has 809 career points, is averaging 15.8 points per game this season.
In addition to his 19-point night, DeShawn Sims had 10 rebounds to post his fifth double-double of the season and sixth of his career. The double dip ties him with Manny Harris for the team lead. Sims and Harris are the only Wolverines to post double-doubles this season.
DeShawn Sims' 10 rebounds give him his fifth double-digit rebounding performance of the season. All five have led to double-doubles. Sims continues to lead the Big Ten with 8.1 rebounds per game. He also grabbed his 400th rebound tonight.
Stu Douglass, who closed with nine points, has sunk eight three-pointers in his last three games, improving his season total to 25.
For just the third time this season, Manny Harris did not score in double figures. He closed withsix points. Harris is averaging 18.1 points per game, which is second in the Big Ten.
Manny Harris has started all 51 games in his Michigan career. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady started his fifth straight contest, giving him 51 straight in games played for the Wolverines. Grady now has 29 career starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On the game... "I think that Penn State as an offensive team is tremendous. We were going to really have to shoot the ball well tonight, probably win the game in the 70s. I didn't know, with where we are in our defense and where they are in their offense, if we could keep that from happening. We certainly couldn't. We couldn't shoot the ball early when we had a chance to and, after that, when they got away from us, we were bad."
On the disappointment of the performance... "This was disappointing from the standpoint that we are struggling in so many areas. Today, I don't think from the beginning to the end it was one of our better performances, but Penn State made that happen. They have a good team."
On where the team goes from here... "We have guys that are good shooters that are not making them in games (right now) and we just have to keep working with it. We're young and inexperienced. A lot of times we have three legitimate freshmen out there, and then a sophomore and a junior. They have some young players too. We just weren't very good tonight and we have to keep working."
On the tempo of the contest... "I thought an important part of this game was establishing the tempo and we did not. You don't normally see me get that upset with my team in the beginning of the game, but we did not play with the tempo that we needed what I would call a road tempo. If you are making those shots, you get away with it, but we did not."