Michigan Snaps Skid Against Penn State

Michigan improved to 15-8 on the season and 5-6 in Big 10 play with a 71-51 win over Penn State on Thursday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. U-M got 28 points, six rebounds and seven assists from Manny Harris. Stu Douglass added 13 points as the only other Michigan player in double digits.

ANN ARBOR -- Manny Harris scored a game-high 28 points, plus added six rebounds and seven assists as the Michigan hoops team snapped a two game losing streak with a 71-51 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday night at Crisler Arena.

Harris out dueled Penn State's Jamelle Cornley, who finished with 25 points and six rebounds of his own, as the Maize and Blue avenged their January loss to Penn State in State College. Michigan held the Nittany Lions highly-regarded back court to just 16 combined points in the win.

With the Wolverines down a deuce at the half, Harris and his Wolverines took over.

When Harris connected on a pair from the free throw line with 13 minutes left in the contest, he put the Maize and Blue up for good. He finished with 19 points in the game-deciding second half.

Soon after Harris' free throws made it 38-36 Michigan, the Wolverines extended the lead to 45-37. DeShawn Sims connected on a pair of two point buckets, and David Merritt hit his only three-point basket of the game halfway through the second half.

The home team extended the lead to 58-42 over the next five minutes. Harris scored six of the 11 Michigan points during the stretch. Zack Gibson and Stu Douglass each scored as well.

Over the final five minutes the Wolverines stretched the lead to 20 points.

In the first half Michigan's hot shooting from behind the three-point arc kept the Maize and Blue within two. Michigan hit 6-of-16 shots from long range to help offset the inside presence of Cornley, who finished with 15 first half points.

Manny Harris and Stu Douglass each hit a pair of triples, and Zack Novak and C.J. Lee one apiece in the first 20 minutes of play.

The Wolverines are now 15-8 on the season and 5-6 in Big 10 play. Michigan returns to non-conference action on Saturday night for the final time of the season. Tip-off against the No. 1-ranked UConn Huskies is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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