Late game collapse dooms Michigan


Glenn Robinson (1) gets blocked by Jermaine Marshall (11) as he goes for a lay up during Michigan's road match against Penn State in the Bryce Jordan Center on Feb. 27, 2013. The No. 4 ranked Wolverines fell to the Nittany Lions 84-78.STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Lions roared back.

Penn State (9-18, 1-14 Big Ten) shocked No. 4 Michigan (23-5, 10-5) 84-78 Wednesday evening in a boisterous Bryce Jordan Center, snapping a 14-game losing streak. The Wolverines, who led by as many as 15 points with 10:39 to go, no longer control their own destiny toward a share of the regular season Big Ten title.

Michigan outshot the Lions (51.7 percent to 47.4 percent) and won the rebound battle 37-30, but had no answer when Penn State got hot down the stretch. Despite 19 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 18 from Trey Burke, the Wolverines were felled by the hot hand of Lion guard Jermaine Marshall, who notched 25 points on 8-for-17 shooting, including 6-for-10 from beyond the arc. (Photo: Sarah Finnegan/Daily Collegian)

The Wolverines had 15 turnovers to Penn State’s nine.

“I think you saw today why we all love college basketball,” coach John Beilein said after the stunner. “I’ve been seeing this coming with [Penn State coach] Pat Chambers’ team for the last month.”

Michigan had the flair, scoring several powerful dunks, but not the finish.

Still, things hardly seemed dire for the Wolverines with 17:40 to go. After entering the second half up 39-36, Michigan notched eight unanswered points to jump out to an 11-point lead.

But the Lions wouldn’t be put away. Marshall stole the show with 19 second-half points. Those, along with 17 and 15 overall points from guard D.J. Newbill and forward Ross Travis, respectively, were too much to overcome.

Penn State, a team that averaged a dismal 61.2 points per game entering Wednesday’s contest, ended the game on a 33-12 run.

“They were a better team,” Beilein said when asked what happened down the stretch. “We did not withstand the run. We did not show the things you need to do to be a really good team. To win games at this level, you have to have an awful lot of courage down the stretch and we looked very tentative.”

Michigan now sits two games behind No. 1 Indiana at fourth place in the competitive Big Ten with three games to go. The Wolverines have dropped four of their last seven games, all losses coming on the road.

“If you’re going to be a champion in this league, you really have to be able to complete games, you got to be able to beat teams on the road, especially if they’re in the lower end of the division,” Beilein said. “That’s the key to it. You’ve got to be 5-4 on the road. We cannot be 5-4 on the road now. And that’s key.”

Jordan Morgan gets the start

Junior forward Jordan Morgan, recovering from an ankle injury, got the start against the Lions. He played 24 minutes, and came out of the gate red-hot, scoring six points in the first 4:39. He finished the night with 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting with five rebounds.

Spartans loom large

Michigan entered the day regarded as a No. 1 seed by most pundits and controlled its own destiny in the Big Ten title race. After the loss at Penn State, Michigan finds itself fighting for a Big Ten Tournament bye. The Wolverines are now tied in fourth with Ohio State at 10-5 in the conference and still have marquee home games against Michigan State (Sunday) and Indiana as well as another road trip to Purdue.

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  • Matt

    Hopefully this game is a wake up call and not a trend.

    • deSal

      you would’ve thought the state game would’ve been that. initially I wanted to beat my dog after the game, but relaxed, because all is not lost (obviously). this obviously was embarrassing as hell, more so than the state game. I think they just got pushed into the deep end and they can either sink or swim. they’re capable of it, i’m going to cross my fingers they do. and I really wish beilein would have a borseth moment just one time.

      • toblav

        You didn’t see him chewing out #11 in that late game time out?

  • Andrew

    Is it that hard to close out on a shooter? Is it impossible to keep a guy in front of you? Can you dive on the floor for the damn ball. GR3, for all his skill is killing the damn team with loafs. JJ redick is a viable nba defender, stauskas can put that in his pipe and smoke it. Thj needs to not ole every time someone puts there head down. I have been saying it since that silly OSU win, Michigan needs to learn to grind, defend, rebound, or they are going to lose to some shit team. I am no longer interested in cool dunks or swag threes. Guard someone!

  • D-Rund all over U

    Michigan has been exposed. They play lack luster defense, fail to recognize shooters, and many teams have players who some how have their best games against Michigan. GR3 plays with no intensity, TH makes some really stupid plays and takes bad shots, and McGary sat most of the second half for one reason or another. That was embarrassing to see.

    • toblav

      And who is on the list of teams that haven’t “been exposed”?

      • D-Rund all over U

        It is one thing to lose to Minnesota, Ohio State, IU, Mich State, at their home courts but to lose to Penn State who is 0-14? EXPOSED!!!!!! To be rolled over by MSU by 20+ EXPOSED!

  • Mattski

    “It just comes down to our level of intensity,” Burke said. “We’ve got a lot of talent, but sometimes — it’s not everyone, but we don’t play with the intensity that it takes to win. … That goes with intensity. That’s a mind-set and an attitude coming into a game, knowing that the team is not going to lay down and give you the game. With us being whatever we’re ranked right now, No. 4 or 5 in the country and Penn State being hungry for a win on Senior Night, we knew we had to come out with a level of intensity they couldn’t match.” Burke

  • section13row15

    Beilein was as upset as I’ve ever seen (and rightfully so). Why do we stop trying to score with less than 5 minutes to go in every game? If we stopped looking at the clock and trying to dribble the clock out and actually kept playing basketball we would have beaten Penn state and Wisconsin. And to the other commenter’s point