NEW YORK – Jett Howard scored 17 points as No. 20 Michigan pulled away in the second half for a 91-60 rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday night in the Legends Classic semifinals.
After struggling to get past Eastern Michigan on Friday, the Wolverines (3-0) struggled at times during the first half before seizing control early in the second.
“It’s nice to see how everybody contributed,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said.
Howard made 6 of 8 shots, including two early 3s to help Michigan start pulling away and returned after a lengthy rest with the Wolverines holding a 25-point lead before fouling out.
Joey Baker and Kobe Bufkin added 14 apiece for Michigan. Hunter Dickinson totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Michigan shot 72% in the second half and 58.3% overall.
Jamarius Burton led Pittsburgh (1-2) with 14 points and Blake Hinson added 13, but the Panthers shot 42% and struggled defensively again, allowing 38 points in the paint and 18 layups and dunks while mixing in a zone defense at times.
The Wolverines will face Arizona State, which beat VCU 63-59 on Wendesday, in the title game tonight.
OHIO STATE 65, EASTERN ILLINOIS 43: In Columbus, Ohio, freshman Brice Sensabaugh scored 20 points, Zed Key had 10 points and 14 rebounds for his third straight double-double and the Buckeyes beat the Panthers. Ohio State has won its first three games in each of the last seven seasons.
CHICAGO STATE 87, VAPARAISO 74: In Chicago, led by Wesley Cardet Jr.’s 24 points, the Cougars defeated the Beacons.
Elijah Weaver was 4 of 10 shooting, including 2 for 3 on 3s, and went 6 for 6 from the line to add 16 points for Cleveland State (2-2). Valparaiso (1-2) was led by Ben Krikke, who finished with 27 points..
No. 9 NOTRE DAME 92, NORTHWESTERN 58: In Evanston, Illinois, Sonia Citron finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Olivia Miles added 21 points before getting ejected and the Fighting Irish pounded the Wildcats.
Lauren Ebo chipped in with 19 points and seven rebounds. Dara Mabrey broke a tie with her sister for career 3-pointers in an otherwise rough outing and the Irish rolled to an easy win..
Mabrey scored seven points and made two from beyond the arc. That gave her 276 3-pointers in her career and 121 since transferring from Virginia Tech prior to the 2020-21 season. Marina Mabrey, who plays for the WNBA’s Dallas Wings, made 274 for Notre Dame from 2015-19 and is the program’s all-time leader.
No. 23 MICHIGAN 99, WESTERN MICHIGAN 67: In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Laila Phelia and Emily Kiser scored 25 points each and Michigan cruised to its 20th straight home win.
Phelia set a career high on 11-of-15 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Kiser matched her career high on 11-of-18 shooting with 14 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Leigha Brown added 13 points for Michigan, which had a 51-15 rebounding advantage.
Lauren Ross scored 27 points and Maggie Stutelberg, added 20 for Western Michigan (0-3). Ross was 5 of 5 from 3-point range and Stutelberg 6 of 12.