U-M Drops Third Straight

The University of Michigan basketball team dropped a third straight decision, this one a 73-58 loss to Penn State on Tuesday night, to fall to 3-4 in Big 10 play and 13-6 on the season. Manny Harris struggled offensively scoring just six points. DeShawn Sims led U-M scorers with 19 points.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Michigan shot the ball horribly. Penn State made them play.

The Wolverines fell to 13-6 overall, 3-4 in Big 10 play, on Tuesday night with a 73-58 loss to the Nittany Lions in State College, Pennsylvania. U-M got 19 points and 10 rebounds from DeShawn Sims, but the rest of the team shot just 30% from the floor, and 16% behind the arc, as the Wolverines dropped their third straight contest.

Manny Harris, the Big 10's leading scorer entering the contest, finished with just six points on 2-for-10 shooting from the floor. As a team the Wolverines shot just 5-of-30 from three point land.

Despite the nights offensive struggles, it was the Wolverines that jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the opening minutes of the contest. DeShawn Sims opened with a put back inside the post, and three minutes in Kelvin Grady connected on his lone three-ball of the game.

That's when things went awry.

Within four minutes of the Wolverines 5-0 lead, the Maize and Blue found themselves on the short end of the scoreboard. Danny Morrissey struck from deep with 13:14 to play in the opening half to put Penn State up 9-7. Then they kept rolling.

Force feeding the ball into the key, the Nittany Lions opened up a seven point halftime lead behind 11 points from Jamelle Cornley. It continued into the second half.

Penn State opened the second half with an 8-2 run to push the lead to 13 just three minutes into the stanza. Six of those points coming from Cornley in the paint.

Meanwhile the Wolverines continued to struggle. A layup each from Sims and Zack Novak were the only field goals that Michigan could muster over the first nine minutes of the half. Penn State, on the other hand, was just heating up.

Four triples, by three different scorers, saw Penn State build a 53-30 lead 12:14 to play.

The teams exchanged buckets over the final 12 minutes, Penn State still holding a 23-point lead with 1:50 to play, before the Wolverines ended the game on a brief 8-0 run. No Michigan player aside from DeShawn Sims would reach double digits.

The Wolverines next return to the court on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. inside Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor to meet the Northwestern Wildcats for the first time of the season.

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