Penn State falls to Michigan in Big Ten Tournament

CHICAGO -- Penn State (10-21; 2-16 Big Ten) jumped out to an early 14-3 lead, but couldn't withstand 64 percent shooting from No. 6 Michigan (26-6; 12-6 Big Ten) in the second half as the Wolverines pulled away for an 83-66 victory in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago that saw a sold-out crowd of 19,470 fill the United Center.

D.J. Newbill (Philadelphia, Pa.) led Penn State with 20 points while playing all 40 minutes to log his 10th 20-point game of the season. Senior Sasa Borovnjak (Belgrade, Serbia) continued his strong play down the stretch with 15 points and Ross Travis (Chaska, Minn.) posted his fifth double-double of the season, and third in the last seven games, with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Michigan was led by 21 points from Big Ten Player of the Year Trey Burke and had four players score in double-figures including freshman forward Mitch McGary who posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Wolverines collected 15 offensive boards and turned them into 28 second-chance points.

Penn State shot 48 percent for the game but made just three treys and was out-scored at the arc 18-9. The Wolverines, who shot 34 percent in the first half, finished at 46 percent for the game and 6-of-18 from three.

Michigan led by just two at the half and 50-47 with 12:14 to play when a bucket by Burke helped spark a 12-0 run that would be the decisive point of the game. After a Marshall lay-up with 13:14 to play, Penn State went scoreless for next three minutes as Michigan opened up a 62-47 lead with 10:22 left.

The Lion offense eventually got restarted, but the damage was done. Michigan would build as much as a 19-point lead and would never let the Lions get closer than 16 in the final eight minutes.

Penn State trailed 35-33 after a very well played first half that saw the teams commit just three turnovers combined, all by Penn State. Newbill's 12 first half points and Borovnjak's 10 led the Lions who shot 50 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and held as much as an 11-point lead after an early 14-0 run. Michigan shot 34 percent in the first half, but out-scored the Lions 15-3 at the three-point arc for the halftime margin.

After a Burke three opened the scoring, Penn State reeled off 14-straight points utilizing Borovnjak in the high screen and roll. He had eight of the Lions first 14 points as Penn State opened a 14-3 lead.

Michigan responded with an 11-0 run of its own to knot the score at 14 after six points from McGary and a pair and four from Hardaway. Michigan slowly built its lead throughout the half utilizing the three and second chance opportunities to slightly increase its margin. The Wolverines would grab 10 offensive rebounds and score 17 second chance points in the half.

Michigan built its lead to nine, 35-26, following a Nik Stauskas three, but Penn State closed the half on a 7-0 run led by a pair of baskets from Newbill and it first three of the game by Nick Colella at the 2:20 mark.

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Last Updated March 15, 2013