Chicago, IL (WQLR) – After a slow start found the Wolverines down double-figures early to upset minded Penn State, Michigan finally woke up and rolled over the Nittany Lions 83-66 on Thursday afternoon in first round action of the B1G Tournament.
After Trey Burke connected on a three for the first basket of the game, PSU held Michigan scoreless for the next 5:18, while scoring 14 straight before the Wolverines stopped the bleeding. Michigan then went on their own run, 16-2 to take the lead, and thge Wolverines never trailed after that point and will now face Wisconsin on Friday in the quarterfinals. Burke finished with a game high 21 and has now scored 15 or more in every B1G game this season.
With the Wolverine starters’ struggling early, Michigan was able to find help off the bench from Mitch McGary who had 10 points and rebounds in the first half, as the Wolverines took a two point advantage into the halftime break, 35-33.
Michigan was up only one with 12 minutes to go before the Wolverines offence opened up to seal the victory. Michigan led by as much as 19 numerous times in the second half but were outshot by PSU 48.3 to 46 percent
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas each finished with 15 while Jon Horford had 11 off the bench. D.J. Newbill topped the scoring charts for PSU with 20.
In their only meeting this season, Wisconsin defeated Michigan 65-62 in overtime after the Badgers forced the extra frame with a half-court shot by Ben Burst as time expired.