Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III (1) dunks over Penn State guard Nick Colella (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Sunday, February 17, 2013 2:35 pm
No. 4 Michigan pulls away to beat Penn State 79-71
By LARRY LAGEAP Sports Writer
The Wolverines (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten) had dropped three of their previous four games, including a 23-point loss Tuesday night on the road against No. 8 Michigan State, and needed a half to shake off their slump.
Michigan appeared to still be struggling to get over its blowout against the rival Spartans when it trailed for much of the first half against a last-place team without a conference win.
The Nittany Lions (8-17, 0-13) led by as many as eight points in the first half. They went ahead 7-plus minutes into the game and had the lead until Burke made a game-tying, off-balance fadeaway with 55 seconds left in the first half.
Penn State's Jermaine Marshall and Sasa Borovnjak each scored 17 points.
Michigan scored the first six points after halftime to take control.
Robinson appeared to help the Wolverines pull away with eight-point leads early in the second half. The Nittany Lions, though, wouldn't wilt easily. Penn State pulled within a point midway through the half, but couldn't get the lead back.
Robinson played well following a poor performance at Michigan State, where he matched a season low with two points, while Tim Hardaway Jr. was off offensively for a second straight game.
Hardaway scored eight points on 3-of-11 shooting after equaling a career low with two points and missing 10 of 11 shots against the Spartans.
Freshman Nik Stauskas scored 18 points, giving the Wolverines the third scoring option they needed to avoid an upset.
D.J. Newbill and Ross Travis had 11 points apiece for the Nittany Lions.
Michigan welcomed back former players such as Glen Rice, who led the school to its only NCAA basketball title in 1989, over the weekend and during the game for a rededication of an aging Crisler Arena into the transformed venue that is now known as Crisler Center.