Michigan Loses Second Straight

Michigan fell to just 5-12 in Big 10 play with a 69-61 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night at the Bryce-Jordan Center in State College, Penn. Michigan was led offensively by Manny Harris, who finished with a game-high of 29 points. Michigan's final regular season game comes a week from Sunday against Purdue at Crisler Arena.

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. -- Manny Harris scored 29 Michigan points, but the Maize and Blue dropped its second straight game in falling to 5-12 in Big 10 play with just one regular season remaining with a 69-61 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

In an up-and-down first half, it was the hosting Nittany Lions that ended up with an eight point edge on the scoreboard going into the break.

Battling back and forth, Penn State emerged with a 37-29 lead with a 9-1 run to end the half.

Harris scored 10 of Michigan's first 12 points to start the half, but the Nittany Lions matched each Harris basket with one of their own. With just under six minutes left in the half, the Penn State lead grew to nine points at 28-19 after Michigan coach John Beilein was called for a technical foul.

Michigan tied the score at 28-28 over the next two minutes. Ron Coleman connected from three-point range to end the Penn State run, and Zach Gibson added four points from in the paint. Harris then tied the game at the free throw line.

Penn State proceeded, however, to finish with 10 of the half's final 11 points.

After exchanging buckets to start the second half, Michigan took the lead for the first time since early in the contest on a Ron Coleman jumper with just less than 10 minutes left in the half.

Shooting went cold at that point, though, and the home Lions went on a 15-0 scoring run that would ultimately sink the Wolverines. After going up 49-47 with 9:49 left in the game, the Wolverines didn't score again until there were nearly four minutes left on the game clock.

Michigan pulled within six in the final minute, but could never get closer.

Besides getting 29 points from Harris, Michigan got 11 from Kelvin Grady and eight from Zach Gibson. DeShawns Sims finished with just two points on 1-for-10 shooting.

Michigan will conclude the regular season with a home game against the Purdue Boilermakers a week from Sunday.

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