Things were never really close in Happy Valley with number six Michigan traveling to play at Penn State and contrary to what people would’ve thought, the game was never really that close in favor of Penn State.
In the first six minutes of the game Penn State got off to a very quick 17-9 start and at that point it was clear that the Nittany Lions came to play. After Jordan Poole made a jumper to cut the Penn State lead to 20-18, Penn State went on another big run to take a 31-22 lead before ultimately taking a 40-27 lead into the half.
Also at the half John Beilein got into it with the referees and picked up two technical fouls and was ejected. At this point things were concerning for Michigan because not only did they face a 13-point deficit, but they were also going to have to try and navigate the second half without their head coach.
The second half didn’t start much better as Penn State made three of the four technical free throws coming out of halftime, so even though the Wolverines were down 13 at the half, they were starting the second half with a 16-point deficit.
The second half was won by Michigan, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the first time that Michigan was able to cut the Penn State lead to single-digits was with 12:34 left in the game, so the teams spent much of the second half where Michigan had a chance to make inroads trading baskets.
Charles Matthews did hit a jumper with 12:00 left to cut it to a five-point deficit, and he did hit a free throw with 8:21 left to make it a four-point game, but after that Penn State was able to get the game back up to double-digits and then the game never really got much closer than that before the final score being a 75-69 Penn State win.
Charles Matthews was the star for Michigan, going for 24 points and 6 rebounds on 8/11 shooting and Jordan Poole also played well, going for 17 points, but Penn State held everyone is in single-digits scoring wise and they were able to force 12 turnovers and only allow Michigan to rack up 10 assists.
For Penn State they were easily lead by Lamar Stevens. Stevens put up 26 points and 12 rebounds while also blocking three shots. They also got 17 points from Myles Dread on five made threes and 13 points from Rasir Bolton.
This was only the second conference win for Penn State, but this was a win that can give them a lot of confidence and maybe help them pick up some more conference wins before the season ends.