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Penn State vs Michigan

Sluggish Michigan rallies at home, escapes Penn State

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Glen Robinson III bounced back from one of his worst games to help No. 4 Michigan respond to an embarrassing loss with a much-needed win.

Robinson matched a career high with 21 points and Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 to help the Wolverines get past a humbling setback with a 79-71 victory over Penn State on Sunday.

"It definitely got my confidence rolling," Robinson said after making all six of his shots, nine of 11 free throws and grabbing 10 rebounds.

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It might've helped Michigan (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten) as well after it dropped three of its previous four games, including a 23-point loss Tuesday night on the road against No. 8 Michigan State.

"We just needed a win any way possible," coach John Beilein said.

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.

"I told the guys this was a gritty, not pretty, win," Burke said.

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.

"It was an incredible shot," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "It looked like he was going to pass it, but he hung in the air long enough that he could change his mind and shoot it. And, he's talented enough that he made it."

Jermaine Marshall and Sasa Borovnjak each scored 17 points while D.J. Newbill and Ross Travis had 11 apiece for the Nittany Lions. Penn State, coming off a two-point loss to Iowa, is desperately trying to win a Big Ten game for the first time since beating the Hawkeyes on Feb. 16, 2012.

"The energy, attitude and resolve we've had has been incredible," Chambers said. "We're getting better. A couple weeks ago, we wouldn't have been in this game."

Michigan scored the first six points after halftime to take control and 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.

"The first half went as well as it could've for us, but giving up almost 50 points in the second half was not executing our game plan," Chambers said. "We've got to learn how to make plays down the stretch to win."

Robinson played well following a poor performance at Michigan State, where he matched a season low with two points.

"He probably had four or five dunks to do a good job of igniting them," Chambers said.

Tim Hardaway Jr., meanwhile, was off offensively for a second straight game. The junior shooting guard scored eight points - half his average - on 3-of-11 shooting after equaling a career low with two points and missing 10 of 11 shots against the Spartans.

"He's old enough to know he can get 20 any given night," said Burke, a sophomore.

Freshman Nik Stauskas scored 18 points, giving the Wolverines the third scoring option they needed to avoid an upset.

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.

"This place is unbelievable," Rice said just before tipoff. "It's amazing what they've done to the place."

The Wolverines wore throwback uniforms, designed to look like the ones from the 1967-68 season, their first in Crisler Arena, and the players got haircuts to sport part of the Fab Five's look from two decades ago.

Michigan has a week off before its next game at home against Illinois. The time off should help Jordan Morgan recover from a lingering ankle injury, which limited him to 7 minutes Sunday, and Chris LeVert, who was knocked out of the game against Penn State with an ankle injury.

"[LeVert] couldn't go back in after it tightened up on him," Beilein said. "When you watch [Morgan] move out there, it's not happening. He's delayed."

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Glenn Robinson III puts in 2 on his way to tying his career high with 21 points for the Wolverines. (AP)
Glenn Robinson III puts in 2 on his way to tying his career high with 21 points for the Wolverines. (AP)
Scoreboard
Penn State (8-17)323971
Michigan #4 (22-4) «324779
PSU:S. Borovnjak 17 Pts
PSU:R. Travis 10 Reb
PSU:D. Newbill 5 Ast
MICH:T. Burke 29 Pts
MICH:G. Robinson III 10 Reb
MICH:T. Burke 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Penn StateMichigan
PSU
Jermaine Marshall
MICH
Trey Burke
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
17712935
Penn State Nittany Lions
R. Travis, F384-103-4101311
N. Colella, G363-51-16459
S. Borovnjak, F317-93-343417
J. Marshall, G315-146-671417
D. Newbill, G304-122-335411
B. Taylor, F152-50-02016
J. Graham, F90-10-00110
K. Montminy, G60-10-01020
A. Wisniewski, F40-00-00010
P. Ackerman, FDid Not Play
D. Jack, FDid Not Play
A. Maduegbunam, GDid Not Play
Z. Cooper, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-5715-1733152571
 43.9%88.2% 
Michigan Wolverines
T. Burke, G399-168-935129
N. Stauskas, G345-96-614018
G. Robinson III, F336-69-11100321
T. Hardaway Jr., G303-111-42138
J. Morgan, F70-10-02130
M. McGary, F200-40-13120
J. Horford, F160-00-01020
C. LeVert, G90-21-20001
M. Vogrich, G50-02-20002
M. Bielfeldt, F40-00-01010
S. Albrecht, G30-00-00000
C. Person, GDid Not Play
E. Akunne, GDid Not Play
J. Bartelstein, GDid Not Play
B. McLimans, FDid Not Play
Totals 23-4927-3523121579
 46.9%77.1% 
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wisconsin0-06-03
Illinois0-05-053
Maryland0-05-076
Ohio St.0-04-045
Northwestern0-05-1101
Penn St.0-05-190
Purdue0-05-1122
Indiana0-04-1200
Michigan0-04-132
Michigan St.0-04-136
Nebraska0-03-1144
Iowa0-04-240
Minnesota0-03-2181
Rutgers0-02-2311
 
Other games
OHST 49 Final
WISC 71
LOU 59 Final
USF 41
ARIZ 68 Final
UTAH 64
UM 45 Final
CLEM 43