U-M Relinquishes Second-Half Lead to Fall at Penn State
Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) led the team with 19 points, while sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) finished with 18, but the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 4 AP, No. 4 ESPN/USA Today) fell, 84-78, at Penn State on Wednesday night (Feb. 27) inside Bryce Jordan Center. U-M led by as many as 15 points in the game but went without a field goal for the final 6:30, allowing Penn State to gain control.
Senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored 11 points, and freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) tallied 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Wolverines shot 30-of-58 (52 percent) from the floor in the game but just 5-of-20 (25 percent) from behind the arc, while the Nittany Lions made 27-of-57 (47 percent) from the field, including 10-of-20 (50 percent) from behind the three-point line. U-M also committed 15 turnovers in the game, off which Penn State converted 20 points.
Back-to-back slams by Morgan and junior/sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge), respectively, helped the Maize and Blue lead by as many as 15 points halfway through the second stanza, but Penn State then outscored Michigan 26-8 to take 77-74 lead with just three minutes to play. At the 1:21 mark, Burke made two from behind the charity stripe to make it a one-point game (79-78), but the Nittany Lions scored on their next possession to seal it.
Michigan went on a 7-0 run to take a 17-10 lead seven minutes into the game, but Penn State halted the run with a triple and cut its deficit to just one (24-23) over the next six minutes of play. Another triple by the Nittany Lions at the 3:34 mark once again tied the game at 30-all, and Penn State retook the lead off a pair of free throws a minute and a half later.
The Wolverines responded, however, with a three-point field goal by Stauskas followed by a pair from behind the charity stripe by freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) to go up three. With 10 seconds on the clock, freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) picked up a steal and finished with a fastbreak layup to enter the halftime break with the 39-36 edge.
A layup by Robinson out of the locker room started an 8-0 run to give U-M its first double-digit lead (47-36) of the game. Penn State then went on a 7-2 run of its own to cut Michigan's advantage to four, before Stauskas and Hardaway knocked down back-to-back three-point field goals to go back up 10 (55-45).
The Wolverines will return to Ann Arbor on Sunday (Mar. 3) looking to avenge an earlier loss to in-state rival Michigan State. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m., and the game will be televised on the CBS.