Michigan falls at Penn State 73-58

Penn State handled Michigan with relative ease and coasted to a 73-58 win. Michigan after starting the season 13-3 and 3-1 in the Big Ten is now 13-6 and 3-4. Despite shooting 9-30 in the first half Michigan was still in the game thanks to Penn State turning the ball over 8 times. The Nittany Lions took a 29-22 lead into halftime.

Jamelle Cornley opened the second half by scoring 6 straight points which put Penn State up 37-24 and pretty much sealed the game.

Michigan simply could not hit a 3 point shot to save their lives as they shot 5-30 on three pointers. Take away Stu Douglass’ 3-8 and the rest of the team was 2-22. Meanwhile, Penn State shot a ridiculous 58% from the field and executed their offense to near perfection in the second half.

The good news for Michigan is that DeShawn Sims rebounded from a couple of off games to go 9-13 from the field for 19 points and he hauled in 10 boards.

Manny Harris was out of synch as he was 2-10 from the field for 6 points. Laval Lucas-Perry was 0-6 on three pointers.

Michigan is off until Saturday when they host Northwestern. 

The road to 21 wins: I had projected this is a win. There are 5 games remaining that I had projected as wins. If they win all 5 of those that is 18 wins. Besides those 5 games Michigan has 7 games, plus the Big Ten Tournament. 21 wins is still within reach, but they have to get this thing going again. One game at time, starting with what is pretty much a must win on Saturday. They have to beat Northwestern at home. It would be far from ideal to take a 4 game losing streak to Columbus with a trip to West Lafayette to follow.


7 Responses to Michigan falls at Penn State 73-58

  1. M Go Bowl says:

    What is the magic number for a ticket to the big dance?

  2. michiganbasketball says:

    I think 19 wins puts them on the bubble. If they end up on the bubble the good things is they have some nice wins on the resume, UCLA, Duke, Illinois.

  3. Joe says:

    Michigan looked visibly tired last night. I think the strength of schedule and tough Big Ten play is finally taking a toll on a very young team.

  4. 9er says:

    I almost called you last night Rob until Beilein finally put Shepherd in. It seems like now is the time for a senior like him to be logging some minutes. Why is he getting docked?

  5. michiganbasketball says:

    I think when Beilein puts Shepherd in he wants to see him playing D and rebounding and I know at times he has missed on those assignments.
    I think they will need some quality minutes out of him and if he can slash to the hoop like that he could help open things up a bit for the shooters.
    I wonder what happened to back door cuts. The offense has n’t look very precise lately.
    I was pretty bummed watching it unfold last night. You could see that they were not playing with that bounce in their step. They have to pick up the intensity a bit on defense to create some transition baskets.

  6. Joe says:

    You are absolutely right, their offense has become nothing more than jacking up threes. The back door cuts and post game are what will give the three point shooters better looks.

  7. 9er says:

    I agree. I was thinking the exact same thing about back door cuts last night. A thing of the past? The Big 10’s defense can’t be that good.

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