ANN ARBOR - The Michigan basketball team evened its Big 10 record with a 76-69 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena. Michigan overcame a 31-point night from Penn State guard Talor Battle using a balanced attack that saw four scorers hit double figures.
Darius Morris led Michigan with a double-double, 20 points and 10 assists, plus Zack Novak, Evan Smotrycz and Jordan Morgan scored 15, 11 and 10 points each.
Over the first 10 minutes of the first half the teams battled to a 13-13 tie. Darius Morris scored six of the first 13 Michigan points, while David Jackson did a bulk of the early scoring for Penn State.
Over the next three minutes Jackson scored another six points for Penn State as he helped the visiting Lions build a 24-15 lead. Michigan, though, battled back to trim the lead to just five points at 36-31 at the half. Smotrycz scored five down the stretch for U-M and Stu Douglass ended the half with a made three-pointer.
With 13:39 left in the game the Wolverines took their first lead since early in the contest. Matt Vogrich and Zack Novak made back-to-back triples to make it 42-41 Michigan. Novak then added five more points before Darius Morris added five to make the score 52-52 with 7:46 remaining.
The teams continued trading buckets until the 3:23 mark when U-M pulled away for good. Matt Vogrich and Jordan Morgan each scored to make it 65-61. Penn State got within a point one more time, but Novak answered with a triple. Over the last minute Michigan scored its last eight points from the free throw line.
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