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Michigan mentor addresses his team’s general performance in Tuesday’s 75-69 loss towards last-spot Penn Condition at Bryce Jordan Middle.
James Hawkins, The Detroit News

University Park, Pa. — Roughly 30 minutes after suffering a courtroom-storming defeat, redshirt junior wing Charles Matthews stood in the bowels of Bryce Jordan Middle with his eyes set on the stat sheet.

The for a longer period he looked at the figures, the extra Matthews grew frustrated with every little thing that led to No. 6 Michigan’s downfall in Tuesday’s 75-69 loss at Penn Condition.

“They punked us. Simple as that,” Matthews said. “They outrebounded us by 10, experienced 12 offensive rebounds. You’re not successful a video game giving a staff 12 offensive rebounds. All of y’all are flattered by scoring and factors, that (things) you should not make any difference. It is all about who’s likely to rebound and who’s likely to protect. And we didn’t do that.”

The Nittany Lions (9-15, 2-11) completed with a decisive edge on the glass, 35-25, and the 10-rebound margin tied for the 2nd-widest margin the Wolverines (22-3, 11-3) have been overwhelmed by this period.

For Matthews, holding Penn Condition off the boards was an energy problem that was “clear as day” and he could “see it from the beginning” when the Nittany Lions took gain of many 2nd-prospect options to make an early to start with-fifty percent guide.

But that was just the commence of what drew Matthews’ ire.

“We scarcely give up 5 3s a video game,” Matthews said. “We gave the (Myles) Dread child eight attempts, to start with of all, and 5 created 3s. That is ridiculous. It is ridiculous.

“How are you likely to enable a player get 5 3s? We have bought to be superior than that as a collective group. Men and women discuss about mentor (John Beilein) having ejected. That experienced nothing at all to do with it. We gave up 34 no cost toss attempts. You’re not successful no video game, which is ridiculous. You won’t be able to guard that. That is 21 no cost factors correct there.”

In the to start with conference in between the groups, the Nittany Lions only created one 3-pointer on 14 attempts. It took Dread much less than 4 minutes into the video game to top that with two deep balls.

As for the no cost throws, Penn State’s 34 attempts have been the most, by much, by an opponent this period. The preceding significant was 24 taken by Iowa two months in the past, a mark the Nittany Lions virtually tied with their 21 created no cost throws.

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Yet, what irked Matthews the most was the team’s to start with-fifty percent general performance wherever Penn Condition outhustled and outplayed Michigan on equally finishes.

The Wolverines’ offense was out of sync and their 2nd-rated protection looked much from formidable as the Nittany Lions hung up 40 factors by halftime. It was the most factors Michigan allowed in a to start with fifty percent this period and the 2nd-best whole in any fifty percent, only trailing the 42 scored by South Carolina.

“There was no sense of urgency, lack of emphasis, lack of energy,” Matthews said. “As simple as that.

“We came again and fought (in the 2nd fifty percent). … The video game was missing in the to start with fifty percent.”

The gorgeous defeat tightened the Huge Ten race and jumbled the pack atop the standings with Michigan, Michigan Condition and Purdue all tied with three losses.

With a brutal closing extend awaiting the Wolverines, Beilein dismissed the idea that staying tripped up by last-spot Penn Condition was a squandered chance to make some separation.

“They’re excellent. They just haven’t won video games,” Beilein said. “It’s not like they are having blown out and all of a unexpected they occur in and they are a bottom-200 staff and they stop up coming in and beating us.

“Especially this time of the yr, groups are likely to shed, and you’ve bought to understand from it. If there are items that materialize in this video game that helps us defeat Maryland Saturday, I’m all in. That is the way you’ve bought to search at it.”

But the way Matthews sees it, he’s established to do whatsoever it can take in excess of the remaining six video games to make confident Michigan comes out on top.

“We’ve bought to discover some style of silver lining in (the loss),” Matthews said. “I’m not likely to cling my head and quit ahead of the stop of the period. We’ve bought to go out fighting. That is all I know is fighting. That is how I grew up. I’m likely to get my teammates to rally on with me and we have bought to be superior.

“Time is running quick. There ain’t no extra, ‘We’ll fix it afterwards.’ Time is now. There’s no extra excuses.”

jhawkins@detroitnews.com

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