The University of Michigan basketball team (12-4, 4-0) defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-9, 0-5) Tuesday night by a score of 80-67. The Wolverines quickly jumped out to a lead in the first half behind a barrage of points scored by freshman Derrick Walton Jr. While both teams shot well in the first half, the Wolverines went into halftime with a 40-33 advantage. Penn State would come out strong in the second half, cutting the lead to 3, but from then on it was all Michigan.
Derrick Walton Jr.
The true freshman scored the first 8 points of the game and kept his strong performance going for the first 20 minutes, ending the first half with 12 points. Walton Jr. finished the game with 16 points going 6-9 from the floor. The freshman’s confidence
continues to increase with each game. This can only be good news for the Wolverines.
Stauskas lit up the stat sheet against Penn State, finishing with 21 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. This is the kind of game that the Wolverines will need Stauskas to have in the big games if they want to be successful.
I could have easily gone with Glen Robinson III for my third star, but Horford had a very solid game. He finished with 11 points going 4/5 from the field and added 7 rebounds to boot. Nobody expects Horford to come out and take over a game, but this kind of stat line really gives the Wolverines a boost without having McGary. If he can keep this up, Michigan will be competitive in every game they play.
While this was a great win against a Big Ten opponent, this was just a warm up compared to the next three games. The Wolverines go through a gauntlet, facing Wisconsin, Iowa, and rival Michigan State. Wolverine fans will find out what this team is made of very soon.