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Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team blows chance to gain ground in Big 10 with home loss to Penn State, 72-63

Michigan center Jon Teske, right, drives on Penn State forward John Harrar in the second half in Ann Arbor on Wednesday. (AP photo)

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR — Lamar Stevens started scoring right away. Then Curtis Jones arrived in the second half and helped Penn State hold on for an impressive road win.
Now coach Patrick Chambers wishes his team could play again soon.
“I’m almost disappointed that we have a week off here,” Chambers said.
Stevens scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half, and Penn State was in control for most of the game in a 72-63 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night.
Curtis Jones scored 18 points — all in the second half — and Myreon Jones added 16 for the Nittany Lions, who handed Michigan its third straight loss.
Zavier Simpson led Michigan with 18 points, but the Wolverines (11-7, 2-5 Big Ten) made just three of their first 21 shots from the field in the second half.
“They played good defense,” Michigan’s Eli Brooks said. “We just didn’t knock down shots.”
This is the first time the Nittany Lions have won consecutive games over the Wolverines since 2008 and 2009. Penn State also snapped a seven-game losing streak at Crisler Center.