UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Michigan basketball team overcame an ice cold start with a red hot finish to erase a 15-point halftime defecit and improve to 8-6 on the season with a 64-55 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday night.
DeShawn Sims paced the U-M attack with 25 points and six rebounds, and Laval Lucas-Perry, who finished with 16, connected on four triples in the second half to help Michigan close the contest with a 38-13 surge over the games final 13 minutes.
Over the first 20 minutes the Maize and Blue managed just 16 points shooting 0-for-12 from behind the three-point arc. Penn State capitalized on that cold U-M shooting with an early 10-4 lead. Andrew Ott scored six of the first eight Penn State points and Jeff Brooks flushed home a Chris Babb feed.
Sims and Manny Harris combined on a pair of layups to trim the lead to 10-8, but over the final 11 minutes the Wolverines were outscored 21-8.Chris Babb, Talor Battle and Bill Edwards sparked the Penn State run with a three-ball each to help push the Penn State lead to 25-12. Talor Battle finished with nine first half points, and would get shutout in the Wolverines strong second half rally.
Out of the intermission the teams matched buckets over the first eight minutes. Babb hit another Penn State triple with 12:29 left in the contest to re-establish Penn State's 16-point lead. Then, though, it was all Michigan.
A pair of Zack Novak three's, plus a triple by Manny Harris, brought Michigan within 42-35 with 10:52 remaining. The Wolverines then got within a point on the hot hands of Lucas-Perry and Sims. Sims finished an and-one layup, and Lucas-Perry drained two straight triples to bring Penn State's lead to just 47-46.
Then, on the next possession, Manny Harris forced a turnover, and his old fashioned three-point play put Michigan on top for the first time since the early minutes of the contest.
Lucas-Perry then hit two more triples to extend Michigan's new found lead to 60-52. Michigan would add two more from Sims and Harris over the final two minutes in the win.
Michigan next returns to the floor to host the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
U-M Overcomes Ice Cold Start; Wins 64-55
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