Michigan Beats Cold PSU

It was 15 degrees outside Crisler Arena this afternoon, but Penn State was even colder, as Michigan won it's 9th straight game by defeating the Nits 66-53.

Michigan kept a narrow lead pretty much throughout the first half, and went into the locker room at the half ahead 29 to 25.

But in the second half Penn State went ice cold (they were 33 points for three minutes and at 35 points for three and a half more minutes), and Michigan gradually extended its lead to 48 to 35 at the 9:20 mark.

Penn State made a little run at Michigan, closing to 54 to 49 at the 4:45 mark, but Daniel Horton and senior forward LaVell Blanchard put the game away with free throws (and a three-pointer by Blanchard).

Blanchard led the Wolverines with 15 points and eight rebounds. Horton added 13 points and four assists, and junior forward Bernard Robinson added 13 points and eight rebounds.

The most promising perfomance for Michigan was by freshman center Chris Hunter, who exerted some dominance over the less athletic Lion big men for 10 points and seven rebounds.

Michigan is now 9-6 for the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Their next game is Wednesday at Ohio State (7-5 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten).


(AP Photo/Paul Warner)


(AP Photo/Paul Warner)

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