Penn State blows double-digit lead in loss to Michigan

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Penn State blows double-digit lead in loss to Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Derrick Walton scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Michigan stormed back from a 14-point deficit to beat Penn State 72-69 on Wednesday night.

The Wolverines (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) trailed 54-40 with 12:41 remaining, but Walton helped Michigan snap out of its funk, and there was enough time left to overtake the Nittany Lions (9-7, 1-2). The Wolverines were down 55-42 before a 10-0 run cut into Penn State's lead.

Michigan trailed 61-60 after a 3-pointer by Walton, and moments later, the senior point guard found D.J. Wilson for an alley-oop dunk in transition, giving the Wolverines the lead with 3:28 to go.

Michigan led 68-66 in the final minute, but a turnover gave Penn State the ball with 24.2 seconds left. Tony Carr missed a 3-pointer, and Walton made two free throws at the other end to help the Wolverines hold on.

Lamar Stevens had 16 points and nine rebounds for Penn State, but he fouled out late in the second half.

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Penn State: The Nittany Lions seemed to have more intensity than Michigan throughout the first half, and they eventually turned a 36-29 halftime lead into a double-digit advantage. Penn State's young team couldn't hold on, however. The Nittany Lions had 14 turnovers to Michigan's five.

Michigan: Walton and fellow senior Zak Irvin had a rough game until the final eight minutes or so. The Wolverines were in danger of falling to 0-2 in conference play, but they showed good resolve in the second half and ended up with a win they can try to build on.

Up next
Penn State: The Nittany Lions play their next game Saturday against Michigan State. It will count as a Penn State home game, but it will be played at the Palestra in Philadelphia.

Michigan: The Wolverines host Maryland on Saturday.

Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

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Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

Former 76er and La Salle basketball star Doug Overton pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct Wednesday, stemming from an April 30 incident on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

Overton, 47, was arrested for exposing himself to both men and women while on the trail in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on April 30, per the police.

Overton, the head basketball coach at Divison II Lincoln University, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to participate in a psycho-sexual evaluation.

As part of a plea deal, three counts of indecent exposure were dropped. 

“He admitted on the record that his behavior was offensive and obscene, it was obscene behavior and that other people that were there in the park that day enjoying a public area with their families, that they observed that and it was offensive and obscene to them,” Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood told the Main Line Times. “He admitted to engaging in behavior that was obscene and offensive.”

The Big 5 Hall of Famer played 11 NBA seasons, including parts of three with the Sixers. 

Former La Salle great Donnie Carr returns to alma mater as assistant coach

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Former La Salle great Donnie Carr returns to alma mater as assistant coach

A former La Salle great and Big 5 Hall of Famer is being added to the Explorers' coaching staff.

Head coach John Giannini on Tuesday announced that Donnie Carr would be returning to the program as an assistant coach. Carr, who played four seasons at La Salle from 1996-2000, is one of just six players in program history with over 2,000 career points. 

"Donnie is a La Salle and Big 5 Hall of Famer who has paid his dues in coaching while getting valuable experience and making great contacts," Giannini said in a statement. "He has assisted at the small college level, the Division I level and the highest level of AAU competition. Our relationship has grown over the years and he is the perfect person for our staff at this time. Whether it is in mentoring, skill development or recruiting, he will make our players and program better."

After racking up over 1,000 points in his career at Roman Catholic High School, Carr moved a few miles north up Broad Street and continued to fill it up on Olney Avenue. In four seasons with the Explorers, Carr compiled 2,067 total points and career average of 19.7 points per game.

In addition to being named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in his first season as an Explorer, Carr landed on first team All-Big 5 in each of his four collegiate seasons. 

"Since March 8, 2000, when I played my last game at La Salle in the A-10 Tournament, I have always dreamed of one day getting an opportunity to coach at my alma mater," Carr said. "This is a dream come true, and I'm ready to hit the ground running for our program."

Injuries cut short Carr's professional playing career overseas, which included stops in Turkey and France.

His prior coaching resume includes different stops as an assistant coach at Holy Family University, The Haverford School and Roman Catholic, as well as a two-year stint at Hartford as a coordinator for player devolopment. Carr had recently been named the head basketball coach at Girard College before coming aboard as an assistant coach at La Salle. 

"I'm blessed, honored and thankful for the opportunity that Coach Giannini has entrusted me with," Carr said. "I have always supported Coach Giannini and have the utmost respect and admiration for him. To be given an opportunity to learn from him and the other coaches on the staff is priceless."