REVENGE: Michigan disposes of Penn State in B1G Tourney opener


It wasn’t easy at first but Michigan got their revenge.

Thursday afternoon the Wolverines used a huge second half to eventually beat up on Penn State 83-66 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament from Chicago.

However during the the first 28 minutes of the game it looked as though Michigan was reliving a nightmare from the later parts of the regular season conference schedule.

The lethargic Wolverines looked as though they were playing a Division II opponent in the preseason as the Nittany Lions quickly jumped out to a 14-3 lead from the tip. Michigan eventually got themselves somewhat together in the first half building a nine point lead until Penn State was able to fight their way back to a three point deficit at the half.

The Nittany Lions continued to be a thorn in the early stages of the second after Jermaine Marshall connected inside to cut Michigan’s advantage to 50-47 with just 13:09 to go.

From there though the Wolverines finally woke up for good.

Michigan was able to put together a 7-0 run that was capped off by a Tim Hardaway Jr free throws giving the Maize and Blue a ten point lead with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game. This lead was then pushed to 19 after three-pointers from Jon Horford and Nik Stauskas with 7:11 to go.

In total the Wolverines would finish with a 21-5 swing turning what looked to be a close game into an all out route.

Trey Burke finished with 21 points to lead Michigan. Hardaway would finish with 15 points on 5 of 14 shooting while Mitch McGary would net himself 1o points and 11 boards.

Next up for Michigan is Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers Friday afternoon at 2:30PM ET.

h/t: Mlive.com, AP



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