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Burke, GRIII lead U-M over PSU, 79-71
The Associated Press
Special to GoBlueWolverine.com
Posted Feb 17, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points and freshman Glen Robinson III matched a career high with 21 to help No. 4 Michigan bounce back from an embarrassing loss with a 79-71 victory over Penn State on Sunday.
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
made a game-tying, off-balance fadeaway with 55 seconds left in the first half.
each scored 17 points.
Michigan scored the first six points after halftime to take control.
III 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
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.
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.
The Wolverines will have a week off before they return to the hardwood next Sunday (Feb. 24) for their matchup against Illinois inside Crisler. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN.
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