Maize&BlueReview - U-M’s tailspin continues
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U-M’s tailspin continues

Shots aren't falling for the Michigan basketball team.
The confidence level, however, just might be.
U-M got off to another slow start, missed several opportunities to expand an early lead when Penn State continuously turned the ball over and suffered its third loss in a row, a 73-58 road blowout.
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The formula was partially the same as the last two losses … plenty of good looks, just not enough makes. Sophomore wing Manny Harris had only two points at the half (finishing with four) while Laval Lucas-Perry's shooting woes continued in an 0-for-6 performance behind the arc.
But the energy the Wolverines showed in losses at Illinois and home to Ohio State just wasn't there in Happy Valley. PSU outhustled, outshot and outplayed the Wolverines, leading by as many as 23 points in the second half before coasting.
"We were going to have to outscore them. I just didn't think in the two games we had between rest and time to prepare that we could keep them under 70," head coach John Beilein said in his postgame show. "We were going to have to score 70 points.
"We had some great looks early, couldn't hit any of them, and had a chance to get out early enough on them because we played good defense on them early. But we couldn't make any shots. Once they got it going in the second half it was lights out."
Penn State went 9-for-17 from long range, led by guard Talor Battle's 4-for-7 and Danny Morrissey's 3-of-4. Lucas-Perry, Harris, Kelvin Grady and Zack Novak combined to go 1-for-19 for Michigan.
Freshman Stu Douglass was one of the bright spots for the second straight game, making 3 of 8 from long range.
"We've just got some guys that are really struggling to make shots. We're not a great come from behind team when you're playing guards like this that are so quick," said Beilein. "They shorten the game. They'll end up running down the clock then just beat you one on one, so it's obvious why they were able to go to Georgia Tech and win, why they were able to give Michigan State a last minute game here."
But it's not obvious why Michigan's good shooters are struggling to make even the wide open looks. Junior forward DeShawn Sims finally broke out of his funk, making 10 of 14 shots in leading the Wolverines with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the rest of the team combined to go 12-for-42, 5-of-30 from three-point range.
Penn State turned the ball over on four of its first seven possessions, but the Wolverines' biggest lead was only 5-0 after they missed eight of their first nine looks, many of them uncontested.
"We're not a good scoring team right now and it really hurts our defense," said Beilein. "One of the Penn State coaches mentioned to me at the end, 'your team just looks tired.' I think we are, but we're still better than we're playing right now.
"But once again, we've got three freshmen playing a great deal. We have a long way to go to get them up to speed. We need to have a couple guys at least to have good shooting games every game so we can set our defense a little better."