U-M Drops Yet Another Close One

The Michigan basketball team dropped another decision by six points or less, this time a 55-51 decision to Penn State on Saturday night at Crisler Arena. Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims led Michigan with 20 and 10 points.

ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team built a lead over visiting Penn State in the first half, but a cold shooting second half effort cost the Wolverines as Michigan fell to 13-13 on the season with a 55-51 loss on Saturday night.

The first half was a stanza of streaks. Michigan built leads off 15-6 and 27-21 before Penn State battled back to claim a 31-29 lead halftime. Manny Harris scored 11 of his 20 points in the first half, including three buckets from behind the three-point arc, but Michigan was unable to match Penn State's success in the paint.

The second half saw cold-shooting on both sides, but PSU went into the lead 48-41 behind five straight points from Talor Battle, the Nittany Lions leading scorer, and 53-44 at the eight minute mark. Penn State scored just two more points over the final eight minutes, but Michigan was unable to climb out of the nine-point deficit.

Manny Harris scored seven straight to draw Michigan within a bucket, 53-51, with 4:07 to play, but Michigan got no closer as the Wolverines couldn't score over the final minutes. But U-M couldn't do much better. The Wolverines crawled back into the game on the back of Manny Harris' tre, 2-point jumper, and dunk, and closed to 53-51 at the 4 minute mark ... but U-M could not score another point the rest of the game.

U-M shot just 35.8% for the game, and were 6-28 from three-point land.

Manny Harris led the Michigan effort with 20 points, but Deshawn Sims added just 10 and no other Wolverine scored in double figures.


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