Penn St. stuns Michigan for first league win

GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer Published:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Jermaine Marshall was trapped, surrounded by giddy fans who rushed the court after witnessing Penn State's unlikely upset of No. 4 Michigan.

It was about the only time that anyone could contain the Nittany Lions' gritty guard down the stretch of the 84-78 win Wednesday night over the Wolverines.

Marshall scored 25 points and hit a key layup with 1:06 left to help Penn State roar back from a 15-point deficit to get its first Big Ten victory in more than a year.

"We have confidence in ourselves," Marshall said. "We believed we were close. It just feels good to earn that win. We definitely earned it."

Penn State (9-18, 1-14) had lost 18 straight regular-season Big Ten games dating to last season. The team's previous conference win came on Feb. 16, 2012, a 69-64 victory over Iowa.

It was Penn State's first win over a top-five team since defeating No. 5 North Carolina 82-74 in the second round of the 2001 NCAA tournament, and the highest-ranked opponent that the Nittany Lions have beaten since moving to the Jordan Center in 1996.

To celebrate, exuberant fans exchanged hugs and high-fives with the Nittany Lions.

Even Michigan coach John Beilein was impressed.

"I think what you saw tonight is why we all love college basketball," he said.

But this loss might hurt Michigan as it jockeys for seeding in the NCAA tournament. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points for the Wolverines (23-5, 10-5). Trey Burke had 18 points and six assists, but also committed six turnovers.

Michigan was uncharacteristically sloppy with 15 turnovers in the game, six more than its season average.

Penn State pounced on the mistakes.

D.J. Newbill added 17 points for the Nittany Lions, who hit a season-high 10 3-pointers. Marshall scored 19 in the second half, including four 3s that whipped the hometown fans into a frenzy. But it was his twisting drive to the bucket late left that really hurt Michigan.

The ball teetered on the rim before dropping in, causing the Penn State partisans to let out a collective sigh of relief with their team up 81-78.

"It was a chip play that we run. ... Coach put the ball in my hand and he had trust in me," Marshall said. "Fortuantely that layup rode around the rim and went down."

That was not the kind of luck that the Nittany Lions have been used to, ever since leading scorer and point guard Tim Frazier went down with a left Achilles injury four games into the season.

They had to adjust on the fly, with combo guard Newbill sliding over to the point, and Marshall needing to assume more ball-handling duties. Penn State coach Patrick Chambers, a never-say-die cheerleader, convinced his team to keep fighting through the adversity.

"Tonight, it's a relief. All the hard work, practices and shootarounds paid off for us," Newbill said.

Michigan's Glenn Robinson III misfired on a 3 with 17 seconds left. Sasa Borovnjak (nine points) had a memorable Senior Night, hitting two foul shots with 15 seconds left to seal the win.

Ross Travis provided the muscle up front with 15 points and 12 boards as Penn State made the clutch plays down the stretch.

"They beat us fair and square, and the last 10 minutes they really outplayed us," Beilein said.

Just another hard night for the league's top teams in the rough-and-tumble Big Ten.

Top-ranked Indiana lost Tuesday at Minnesota to fall to 12-3 in conference play, so Michigan squandered a chance to move into a three-way tie for second with Michigan State and Wisconsin, a game behind the Hoosiers.

"They really tried to shut down Trey. We had some good shots, but not enough good ones," Beilein said. "They slowed us up with their press a little bit, but we couldn't stop them."

Two foul shots by Marshall gave Penn State its first lead since the first half, 76-74, with 3:55 left. The Jordan Center rocked as if it were a Michigan-Penn State football game across the street at Beaver Stadium.

It was all Penn State from there.

Chambers watched as Michigan fumbled away opportunities, like when Burke had a steal from Newbill but lost control.

"The ball finally bounced our way," Chambers said. "Trey Burke strips D.J. at half court and kicks it out of bounds ... that's usually what we do."

All five of Michigan's losses have come on the road in the Big Ten -- none worse than Wednesday night's defeat. Michigan finished February with a 3-4 record, heading into a showdown Sunday with the ninth-ranked Spartans in Ann Arbor.

No. 5 MIAMI 76, VIRGINIA TECH 58

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami went 11 minutes without a basket, then finally shook a 10-day scoring slump and pulled away from Virginia Tech.

Shane Larkin had 22 points and six assists to lead the Hurricanes, who were coming off a loss at Wake Forest that ended their 14-game winning streak and their bid to go unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

No. 7 GEORGETOWN 79, CONNECTICUT 78, 2 OT

STORRS, Conn. -- Otto Porter Jr.'s layup with 9.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime gave Georgetown a wild victory over Connecticut, the Hoyas' 10th straight win and first-ever at Gampel Pavilion.

Porter scored 21 of his 22 points after halftime to help Georgetown (22-4, 12-3 Big East) stay in first place in the conference. The Hoyas had a 12-point lead with 4:36 to go in regulation.

No. 10 LOUISVILLE 79, DEPAUL 58

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Russ Smith scored 17 points, Peyton Siva had 16 and Louisville beat DePaul for its fourth consecutive victory.

Chane Behanan added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals (23-5, 11-4 Big East), who held the Blue Demons to 36 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Smith also had five assists and four steals.

USC 89, No. 11 ARIZONA 78

LOS ANGELES -- Eric Wise scored 22 points to lead five Southern California players in double figures against No. 11 Arizona.

USC (13-15, 8-7 Pac-12) shot 61 percent from the field, led by Wise's 9 for 12. Byron Wesley added 18 points, J.T. Terrell had 14 and Jio Fontan scored 12 with nine assists. Aaron Fuller also had 12 points.

Solomon Hill led Arizona (23-5, 11-5) with 21 points and Kevin Parrom had 16. It was the Wildcats' first loss to USC in five meetings.

No. 14 NEW MEXICO 70, SAN DIEGO STATE 60

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Alex Kirk had 25 points and Cameron Bairstow scored 16, including nine straight in the closing minutes to help New Mexico beat San Diego State.

Kirk scored seven points during a key 15-3 run early in the second half that pushed New Mexico's lead to 48-33. The Lobos (24-4, 11-2 Mountain West) are one win from clinching the regular-season conference title.

No. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 64, TCU 47

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Le'Bryan Nash scored a career-high 28 points, Marcus Smart had a strong all-around game not far from the high school where he won two state championships, and Oklahoma State beat offensively challenged TCU.

Nash had the first two baskets in an 18-1 run that bridged the first and second halves and put the Cowboys (21-6, 11-4 Big 12) in control for good.

No. 18 SAINT LOUIS 70, SAINT JOSEPH'S 53

ST. LOUIS -- Dwayne Evans had 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in perhaps his most complete effort of the season, helping Saint Louis run its winning streak to 10 games with a victory over Saint Joseph's.

Rob Loe had 11 points and six rebounds and Mike McCall Jr. contributed 10 points, five assists and four rebounds for the balanced Billikens (22-5, 11-2 Atlantic 10), who held Saint Joseph's (15-11, 6-7) to a season-worst 32.7 percent shooting.

No. 23 PITTSBURGH 64, SOUTH FLORIDA 44

PITTSBURGH -- Tray Woodall scored 14 points and Pittsburgh pulled away in the second half, handing South Florida its 10th consecutive loss.

Dante Taylor had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (22-7, 10-6 Big East), who have won nine of 12. They remained in the middle of the race for a double-bye in next month's conference tournament.

BIG TEN

IOWA 58, PURDUE 48

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Aaron White had 18 points and nine rebounds and Iowa beat Purdue 58-48 for its fourth win in five games.

Devyn Marble also had 18 for the Hawkeyes (18-10, 7-8 Big Ten), who put an ugly loss at Nebraska behind them ahead of this weekend's trip to top-ranked Indiana.

MAC

BOWLING GREEN -- Jordon Crawford scored 19 points and Bowling Green shut down Miami (Ohio) in the second half of a 52-44 Mid-American Conference victory.

The Falcons (12-16, 6-7) trailed 31-24 at halftime but held the RedHawks (8-18, 3-10) to 13 points and 20 percent shooting (6 of 30) in the second half.

Bowling Green also controlled the boards in the second half, taking down 27 rebounds to 17 for Miami and finishing with a 45-29 edge.

BALL STATE 95, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 90

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Jauwan Scaife scored a career-high 34 points, including six 3-pointers, and Ball State continued its home domination of Central Michigan with a 95-90 victory.

Scaife, a senior, was 8 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range, for the Cardinals (12-14, 5-8 Mid-American), who improved to 19-2 all-time against Central Michigan at Worthen Arena. Chris Bond and Jesse Berry added 15 points apiece, and Majok Majok had 10 points and nine rebounds.

WESTERN MICHIGAN 65, TOLEDO 62

TOLEDO -- Darius Paul scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both highs for the freshman forward, as Western Michigan defeated Toledo 65-62.

The victory gave the Broncos (18-9, 9-4) sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference's West Division, breaking a tie with the Rockets (13-12, 8-5).

KENT STATE 83, BUFFALO 81, OT

KENT-- Chris Evans' jumper at the overtime buzzer gave Kent State an 83-81 victory over Buffalo in a Mid-American Conference game.

The victory was the 16th in a row for the Golden Flashes (16-12, 6-7) at home against the Bulls (11-17, 6-7).

AKRON 88, OHIO 81

ATHENS -- Demetrius Treadwell scored 21 points and Jake Kretzer came off the bench with a career-high 19 as Akron extended its winning streak to 19 games, the nation's longest this season, by defeating Ohio 88-81 in overtime.

The Zips (23-4, 13-0 Mid-American Conference) overcame a 21-3 first-half Ohio run that put them in a 34-16 hole.

EASTERN MICHIGAN 53, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 41

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Glenn Bryant and Derek Thompson scored 14 points apiece and Eastern Michigan's defense stifled Northern Illinois for the second time this season, defeating the Huskies 53-41.

Eastern Michigan (13-15, 6-7 Mid-American) won for just the second time in its last six games by limiting Northern Illinois to 24 percent shooting.

OHIO COLLEGE

DAYTON 88, CHARLOTTE 67

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Devin Oliver had 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench as Dayton won its first Atlantic 10 Conference road game 88-67 at Charlotte.

Dayton (15-12, 5-8) had been winless in six A10 road games. Josh Benson and Kevin Dillard added 15 points each, Vee Sanford had 13 and Dyshawn Pierre had 12 for the Flyers.

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