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Penn State falls to No. 18 Michigan 71-53

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Penn State fell behind early and never really recovered in a 71-53 loss to No. 18 Michigan. Tim Frazier's 20 points for the Nittany Lions just weren't enough to offset the 26 points posted by Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

A slow first half hurt Penn State in the opener of its Big Ten conference run and the Nittany Lions fell 71-53 to the Michigan Wolverines.

The eighteenth-ranked Wolverines proved too much for the Nittany Lions in Ann Arbor, with an offensive attack that included three starting players scoring in the double digits. Tonight’s win continued a six game winning-streak for Michigan – their last loss was to Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC challenge.

The top scorer for Penn State was Tim Frazier, who put up 20 points, four assists and four rebounds. His contributions were not enough to keep the Lions above water, however, with the second highest scorer only posting 9 points and the team shooting 39.6% from the field overall. This loss continues a slight skid for Penn State, which has dropped four of its last six games.

Michigan’s top producer was Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 26 points, pulled down three rebounds and added two assists in an outstanding performance. He played a big factor in putting the Lions away early in the second half, as he scored six straight points to put the Wolverines up by 18. Penn State was never able to recover from that deficit.

The Wolverines have showcased a core of great young talent this season, including freshmen Trey Burke, who put up 13 points and seven assists in the victory.

The Lions look to recover from this loss and start the process of turning their season around as they prepare to face Northwestern. Tip-off is Sunday, January 1st at 7:00 pm in Illinois.

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