Jermaine Marshall scored 25 points and Penn State upset No. 4 Michigan 84-78 on Wednesday night for its first Big Ten win of the season.
Having won back-to-back games for the first time this month, Michigan is hoping to add to its momentum before heading into March.
Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points to push the Michigan Wolverines past the Penn State Nittany Lions 79 – 71 on Sunday.
Michigan (21-4, 8-4) opened 20-1 but since has dropped three of four, with its lone victory coming 76-74 in overtime over then-No. 10 Ohio State on Feb. 5.
Payne added a 3-pointer – only his second of the season – in the middle of a 20-8 run to help the Spartans pull ahead midway through the second half.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo insists his team has yet to play its best basketball, though it’s probably time it reaches its full potential with a tough slate looming.
Again and again, it seemed, the sports world in 2012 saw the end of long tales with tragic or, at best, bittersweet endings.
The Penn State child sex abuse scandal was selected as the sports story of the year by U.S. editors and news directors in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.
Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien on Tuesday was named the Big Ten’s coach of the year, earning allocates from fellow coaches and the sportswriters reporting on the conference.