Wolverines win at Happy Valley
Caris LeVert scored 18 points and Zak Irvin 17 as Michigan shot down Penn State 73-64 on Tuesday night at State College, Pa.
The Wolverines (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten), the defending Big Ten regular-season champions, had been solid from three-point range (36 percent) most of the season but only 12th in the conference in overall field goal shooting (41.9).
LeVert and Irvin changed that by going 12-for-17 combined and each made a pair of three-pointers, as did Aubrey Dawkins. The Wolverines were 9-for-15 on threes and shot 53.3 percent overall.
"We challenged these guys today to compete," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "We thought we had to compete from everything to a loose ball to bringing energy to the game. We're a pretty good shooting team but we haven't been doing it in games. Some of that's self-inflicted."
Michigan also had a 31-26 rebounding edge on Penn State as Irvin pulled down nine, and the Wolverines limited Penn State's frontcourt to two of 17 shooting.
"Coach B always tells me I can impact the game other than shooting the basketball," Irvin said.
It was the Big Ten home opener for Penn State, which fell to 0-3 in conference play and 12-4 overall. D.J. Newbill scored 20 points and John Johnson had 16 for the Lions.highlights
• BIG BLOCK: Dustin Hogue batted Tavarius Shine's three-point try into the stands with under a second left to help No. 17 Iowa State hold off Oklahoma State 63-61 in Ames in their Big 12 opener. Hogue had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Cyclones (11-2, 1-0 Big 12).
• ARKANSAS RALLIES: Bobby Portis scored 21 points, Michael Qualls added 15 and No. 23 Arkansas (12-2, 1-0 SEC) rallied from a first-half deficit of 13 points to beat host Georgia 79-75 in the conference opener for each team.
• BADGERS WOMEN WIN: Jacki Gulczynski scored 23 points as Wisconsin beat Penn State 65-46 in Big Ten women's basketball at the Kohl Center. She was 6-for-10 on three pointers for the Badgers (6-8, 2-2). The Nittany Lions 3-13, 0-4) shot 30 percent.
•Illinois leading scorer Rayvonte Rice is out indefinitely because of a broken left hand. He will undergo surgery Wednesday on his non-shooting hand, which he injured Monday during practice. Rice was averaging 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds. "Ray's a monster on offense, on defense, rebounding," Illini coach John Groce said