Michigan Snaps Streak Against Penn State

Michigan picked up its second Big 10 win of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 68-63 win over Penn State at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan jumped out to a six-point lead through the first 20 minutes, and the Wolverines held on in the second half to preserve the five point win. Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims had 16 points apiece.

ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 68-63 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Manny Harris, DeShawn Sims and Anthony Wright each scored more than 10 points for the Wolverines, Harris and Sims leading the way with 16 apiece.

For the Wolverines, its the first win since beating the Northwestern Wildcats by 10 points back on January 12. With the win, Michigan improves its record to 6-17 on the season and 2-9 in conference action.

In the opening 20 minutes, neither team was able to maintain the lead until a late run by the Wolverines. Penn State jumped out to a 10-7 lead with 15:01 remaining, but Anthony Wright answered with one of his three triples to knot the score 10-10 on the Wolverines next possession.

With 13 minutes left Zach Gibson gave the Wolverines the lead at 12-10, but Penn State answered with a triple of their own to re-up the Wolverines on the score sheet. The lead grew to 16-12, but Jevohn Shepherd and Anthony Shepherd combined to score Michigan's next seven points as the Wolverines tied the score once again at 19-19.

Michigan finally emerged as the leader after the first half with a run that included five points from DeShawn Sims and two apiece from Ekpe Udoh and Manny Harris. Udoh finished with eight points and six blocks for the Wolverines.

Penn State opened the second half with a 12-0 run to take a 38-32 lead with five minutes run off the clock in the second half. Not until Manny Harris drained a three-ball with 14:36 on the clock did the Wolverines add to their score through 20 minutes.

The Nittany Lions again extended that lead with a three-ball of their own, and with 13:31 left in the game, Penn State built a seven-point lead on an Andrew Jones basket.

The teams then exchanged buckets before Anthony Wright and Zach Gibson netted a pair of consecutive three's to trim the lead to one point at 45-44.

Then, with 8:23 left on the clock, the Wolverines went back up 51-50 on an Udoh bucket.

Stanley Pringle put Penn State back on top with a layup with 5:12 to go, but that was the last time the visiting team would lead as Michigan finished the game on a 13-7 run.

Leading by 2 with 1:23 left, the Wolverines got an old-fashioned three-point play from Manny Harris to put the game out of reach for the Nittany Lions.

Michigan next returns to the court for a valentines day clash with in Iowa City with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Game time is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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