Big Ten Conference

'They punked us': Michigan stumbles against last-place Penn State


Penn State players John Harrar (21), Mike Watkins (24), Myles Dread (2), Kyle McCloskey (10) and Lamar Stevens (11) celebrate their team's upset win over Michigan.


On top of that, coach John Beilein was ejected for the first time in his Michigan career at the end of the first half for arguing a non-call involving junior guard Zavier Simpson.


Sophomore guard Jordan Poole added 17 points but went 1-for-8 from 3-point range for Michigan (22-3, 11-3 Big Ten), which shot 51 percent (25-for-49) from the field yet still found itself playing catch-up after trailing by 13 at halftime.


With assistant coach Saddi Washington taking over the helm over the final 20 minutes, the Wolverines put the disastrous first half behind them and, slowly but surely, began mounting a comeback with a 16-5 run.


Much of that had to do with Penn State's press and downhill attack, which threw the Wolverines out of sync on both ends and helped the Nittany Lions extend the lead to 31-22 on a tip-in by Stevens with 4:27 left in the half.


Michigan could only muster two baskets down the stretch and watched the deficit swell to 40-27 at the break following a buzzer-beating layup by Rasir Bolton (13 points) where Simpson was knocked down to the ground on a screen.






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