Penn State drives the ball to the basket as Michigan Wolverines guard/forward Duncan Robinson (22) defends. They came in here in a hostile environment. "We were dealing with some adversity and I thought our guys competed and played hard, to come out and take the lead".
The Nittany Lions will open their 2018 season with 20 road games before they play a home contest at Nittany Lion Softball Park and Beard Field. There's going to be some positives taken from this, we'll grow from this, and get better from it, and that's what I told them in there. The Nittany Lions hold a 61-59-1 overall record at Beard Field in its seven year existence which is good for a.504 winning percentage.
On the season, MI basketball averages 74.0 points, 33.0 rebounds and 15.0 assists per game.
A three-point play by Tony Carr gave Penn State a 39-38 lead with 16:12 remaining, their first lead since it was 7-5 about five and a half minutes into the game.
A 3-pointer by Carr halted the MI run and then three-straight field goals by Stevens in the closing two minutes of the half closed the margin to eight, 34-26. However, despite a lengthy offensive malaise in the second half, the Wolverines would notch another quality road win over the Nittany Lions, with a final score of 72-63. A Carr trey from the left side brought the Nittany Lions to 34.
The Gophers need one Big Ten point this weekend to lock up home ice for the following weekend's best-of-three Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series. Reaves sliced through the lane to pull PSU within two 38-36 and then a traveling call on MI put the ball back in the hands of Carr. Freshman defenseman Alex Stevens, a former Wayzata High School standout, has played seven games with no points.
A new look and an earlier start to the Big Ten schedule this year means the Gophers will close out the regular season against Penn State - the same team they opened conference play with in early October and haven't seen since. MI got its 10th 3-pointer on the night from Duncan Robinson and then had nine points on 10 trips to the free throw line. The two teams traded buckets, but Carr's triple from the corner cut the deficit to four.
Last year, an estimated 68,000 fans attended the game. The players who would likely replace his minutes -Julian Moore and Satchel Pierce - have averaged just 10 and eight minutes per game respectively.
Players to watch: Gophers junior forward Brent Gates Jr. has a goal in three consecutive games and has a career-best 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists). He scored a team-high 19 points, including connecting on three of his triple tries and going a flawless 4-4 from the line. Both games at Pegula Ice Arena will be televised on the Big Ten Network.