March 14, 2013
Site: Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (First Round)
Score: #6 Michigan 83, Penn State 66
Records: U-M (26-6), PSU (10-21)
Next U-M Game: Friday, March 15 -- vs. Wisconsin - Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals (Chicago, Ill.), approx. 1:30 p.m. CDT (ESPN)
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Five players in double-digit scoring led the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 6 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) past Penn State, 83-66, today (Thursday, March 14) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament inside the United Center. The Wolverines now advance to Friday's (March 15) quarterfinal game against No. 22 Wisconsin. The game will begin 25 minutes after the conclusion of the No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Illinois matchup, which begins at 11 a.m. CDT, on ESPN.
Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) scored a game-high 21 points. Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) and freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) each had 15 points, while junior/sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) and freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
U-M trailed, 14-3, at the 14:27 mark of the first half before outscoring the Nittany Lions 32-12 until the 3:23 point of the opening frame. Then, with the game tied 39-39 with 17:25 remaining, a Burke triple put the Wolverines up for good as they stretched the advantage for the remainder of the contest.
Michigan outscored Penn State 23-5 on bench points, 28-15 on second-chance points and recorded a season-high nine blocks as a team. The Wolverines also scored 13 points off the Nittany Lions' eight turnovers while committing just four turnovers, including zero in the first half.
Michigan held a three-point advantage, 48-45, at the first media timeout (14:14) of the second half. With the Wolverines leading, 50-47, at the 13:16 mark, consecutive baskets -- a Burke pullup jumper and a Horford offensive tip-in -- put U-M up seven, 54-47, with 12:09 to play.
Out of the second media timeout, Horford converted a pair of three throws and recorded a block on the next defensive possession, leading to a fastbreak opportunity, where Hardaway was fouled on a dunk attempt; he went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe. Freshman forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) then converted a layup, and a Horford three-point play gave Michigan a 15-point advantage, 62-47, with 10:23 remaining. The Wolverines remained in control and eventually pushed their lead to as many as 19 points on three different occasions in the final 10 minutes.
Burke opened all scoring in the first half with a three-pointer, before Penn State constructed a 14-0 run to take a 14-3 advantage at the 14:27 mark. Nittany Lion forward Sasa Borovnjak contributed eight points around the rim during that run.
McGary halted Penn State's spurt, scoring the first two of 11 unanswered points for the Wolverines. Hardaway completed an old-fashioned three-point play and a pair of three throws, before McGary added back-to-back offensive put-backs to knot the game at 14 with 11:54 remaining in the first half.
After Penn State registered another field goal, a layup by senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and three-pointer from Stauskas helped Michigan take its first lead since the opening minutes of the game, 19-16, at the 9:59 mark.
The Wolverines slowly built upon that lead, and a Stauskas triple from the corner gave Michigan its largest lead of the half, 35-26, with 3:23 to play in the opening stanza. Penn State closed the half on a 7-0 run to slash U-M's lead to just two points, 35-33, at the break.
McGary finished the first half with his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
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