Big Ten Conference

Wolverines shocked by Penn State, 75-69

STATE COLLEGE — The Michigan men’s basketball team ran out of the tunnel, but this time John Beilein did not join them.

Near the end of the Wolverines’ worst half of the season, Zavier Simpson fell, the recipient of a hard screen from Penn State’s Jamari Wheeler.

One half after losing its head coach, Michigan lost its third game of the season — falling, 75-69, to Penn State (2-11 Big Ten, 9-15 overall).

Playing as a small-ball ‘5’, Stevens consistently beat the bigger Jon Teske, normally one of the nation’s best post defenders, to the tune of 26 points.

It wasn’t just Simpson — before Beilein’s ejection, the picture of the Wolverines’ first half was Charles Matthews, arms outstretched, exasperated at sophomore guard Eli Brooks for being out of position to collect a pass.

But Stevens kept Michigan at bay by swatting away two transition layups in a row, and with 3:19 remaining, Mike Watkins placed the dagger with a turnaround over Teske.

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