Jan. 14, 2014
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U-M Players: Derrick Walton Jr. | Nik Stauskas | Glenn Robinson III
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 80, Penn State 67
Records: U-M (12-4, 4-0 Big Ten), PSU (9-9, 0-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 18 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 5 p.m. CST
Postgame Feature: Walton Growing Into Role in Early Big Ten Season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists, as the University of Michigan men's basketball team defeated Penn State, 80-67, Tuesday night (Jan. 14) inside Crisler Center. U-M led wire to wire in the win, which is the Wolverines' sixth straight and improved their record to 4-0 in Big Ten play.
Stauskas was one of four Wolverines to score in double figures, as freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) scored 16, sophomore Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) added 15 points and junior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) chipped in 11 to go along with his game-high seven rebounds.
Walton was the early star, hitting the first three shots of the game. He led off with a three in the corner, then made a fast-break layup that was goaltended by Penn State, and finally hit another three to put Michigan up 8-0 less than three minutes into the game.
Sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) hit a three to put the Wolverines ahead 28-18 with 5:37 to go in the first half, their first double-digit lead of the game. On the very next possession, sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) assisted on a dunk by graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) to give U-M a 12-point advantage. Minutes later, Robinson drained a three to make the score 37-23 with 3:06 left before the half, and the 14-point lead was Michigan's largest before halftime.
Penn State trimmed that lead before the first-half buzzer sounded, going on a 10-3 run in the last three minutes of the half. Tim Frazier scored seven of his 17 points in that stretch and assisted on a triple just before the half to make the score 40-33 U-M going into the break.
The Nittany Lions scored the first two baskets of the second frame to get within three points of the lead. After a LeVert three put U-M back up six, a turnover led to a fast-break layup by Frazier, cutting the Penn State deficit to 43-41 less than three minutes into the second half.
Up 47-45, Michigan went on a 12-2 run that lasted 2:40 to go up 59-47 with 12:05 left in the game. Stauskas hit a three in the corner to ignite the run, and after a Penn State basket, the Wolverines scored nine straight points. Horford hit a jumper and made two free throws, before LeVert made an old-fashioned three-point play in transition. A Robinson alley-oop slam -- off a pass from LeVert -- finished the Michigan streak, making the advantage 12 points with a dozen minutes to play.
Stauskas brought the score to 66-50 with 9:42 remaining with a driving layup and gave Michigan its largest lead of the game. Penn State responded with a 12-4 run, forcing Michigan to call timeout. Out of the stoppage, Walton made a driving basket to bring the lead back to double digits at 72-62 with 5:16 to play.
The Maize and Blue went 28-of-52 (54 percent) from the floor, including 9-of-24 (38 percent) from three, while Penn State shot 26-of-53 (49 percent) on the night, going 5-of-19 (26 percent) from long distance. Michigan won the rebounding battle (28-26) and assisted on 18 of its field goals, while the Nittany Lions had only eight assists for the game.
The Wolverines return to action this Saturday (Jan. 18) as they travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST, and the game will nationally televised on ESPN.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (firstname.lastname@example.org)