Michigan Coach John Beilein Ejected in Upset Loss vs. Penn State



The Wolverines fell 75-69 in the upset loss to the Nittany Lions, who were ranked at the very bottom of the Big Ten.

Charles Matthews led MI (22-3, 11-3) with 24 points, and he grabbed six rebounds.

It was just Penn State's second Big Ten win in 13 tries this season. Trailing by four, 20-16, midway through the half, the Wolverine defense stepped up to hold the Nittany Lions scoreless for five straight shots before Poole cut the Penn State lead to two with a jumper with 10:38 left in the half.

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Penn State junior forward Lamar Stevens pumped up the student section throughout the night and paced the team with 26 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Jordan Poole had 17 points, but no other Wolverines player reached double figures. Shooting percentages were virtually the same, but the Nittany Lions attempted nine more shots thanks to six Wolverines turnovers and a 7-2 offensive rebounding advantage. The Wolverines' coach ended up receiving two quick technical fouls and was ejected. Matthews scored two baskets, and Zavier Simpson drilled a 3-pointer to pull the Wolverines within 70-66.

Penn State led by as many as 10 late in the game before missed Nittany Lions free throws and a late charge from MI kept fans on the edge of their seats until the conclusion.

Matthews scored the next four MI points to bring MI within four, 55-51, with 8:18 remaining in the contest.

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