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.