Michigan Basketball improved to 22-4, 9-4 with a 79-71 victory over Penn State (8-17, 0-13) on Sunday afternoon at Crisler.
How the game was won
Penn State came out with confidence and energy and used a 12-1 run to take an early 17-9 lead. Michigan went through a 7 minute field goal drought in the first half and appeared to have some post-MSU hangover. Trey Burke carried the Wolverines early as he was the only player to knock down a field goal for Michigan during the first 12 minutes of the game.
Late in the first half with Penn State up 30-25, it was, as usual, a Mitch McGary hustle play that sparked the Wolverines. McGary went diving across the floor for a loose ball and somehow flipped a pass to Glenn Robinson III who fed the ball ahead to Nik Stauskas. Stauskas was flagrantly fouled, made both free throws and Michigan would get two more free throws on the ensuing possession. That sequence sparked a run that pulled Michigan even with Penn State at the half 32-32.
In the second half, Michigan scored 47 points and shot 58.3% from the field. Glenn Robinson III threw down a variety of highlight reel dunks to ignite the crowd and his team. The Nittany Lions hung around, but never really threatened to take control of the game in the second half and Michigan secured the much needed victory.
1. Trey Burke was his usual incredible self. He keeps putting together games like this as if it was no big deal. He scored a season-high 29 points, dished out 5 assists, grabbed 3 boards and didn’t turn the ball over in 39 minutes of action. “Trey Burke … he’s Trey Burke,” Penn State coach Pat Chambers said after the game. “He had 29 [points] and no turnovers. By the way, a lot of those shots he hits – they’re circus. Some of the shots he hit, I’m like holy cow. They were amazing. Going left, fading away, crazy shots. He’s really talented. He was the difference.”
2. Glenn Robinson III bounced back from a recent rough stretch with a a high-flying performance for Michigan. He scored 21 points and secured his second-career double-double with 10 rebounds. Robinson was 6-6 from the field and 9-11 from the free thrown line. As mentioned above, he wowed the crowd with some jaw-dropping dunks. Most importantly, Robinson III played with energy and was a force on the glass.
3. Nik Stauskas, like Robinson III, bounced back from a rough stretch with a strong performance. He finished with 18 points and 4 assists. Stauskas was 5-9 from the field and 6-6 from the charity stripe.
News and Notes
Michigan turned the ball over just 6 times and forced 13 Penn State turnovers.
Michigan shot a season-high 35 free throws (27-for-35, 77%).
Matt Vogrich logged 5 minutes of playing time and scored 2 points. He had three-pointer wiped off the board when Glenn Robinson III was called for a charge as he delivered a pass to Vogrich.
Michigan now has a week off before they host Illinois on Sunday (2/24).