STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Michigan basketball team improved to 14-10 on the season and 4-7 in Big 10 action with a 65-62 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Darius Morris led U-M with 23 points, four rebounds and three assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points in just 18 minutes, and Stu Douglass chipped in with 14 on 4-for-5 shooting from behind the arc.
Penn State got 31 points from Talor Battle, who shot 9-for-18 from the field, but Cammeron Woodyard was the lone other Penn Stater to finish in double digits with just 10 points.
In the first half the Wolverines fell behind 24-13 before ending the half on a 14-0 run and holding Penn State scoreless the final 6:50 of the half. Up 12-6 with 12:30 left in the half, Battle scored nine straight points for the home team to make it 21-13. David Jackson then netted a triple to make it 24-13 before the U-M run.
Stu Douglass sandwiched back-to-back three-pointers around a Matt Vogrich triple to bring Michigan back into the contest and make it 24-22 with 2:34 left in the half. Darius Morris then put U-M back on top with a three-point play. Jordon Morgan added to the lead with a layup before the half.
The second half saw Penn State rebuild its lead with four triples to start the half. Talor Battle sunk two in a row to start the stanza, then Woodyard matched them to make it 36-29 Penn State.
The teams exchanged baskets with Penn State maintaining the slight lead until less then five minutes remained in the contest. At the 4:41 mark Tim Hardaway Jr. hit from deep to tie the game 53-53.
Morris scored on two straight possessions and Michigan went back on top with a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Battle brought Penn State back within one, but Hardaway Jr. and Jordon Morgan stretch U-M's lead back to five points. Then Darius Morris put the game away at the charity stripe.
The Wolverines next take to the floor Wednesday night at Crisler Arena. Michigan looks to get to 5-7 in Big 10 action with a home tilt against the Northwestern Wildcats. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Michigan Outlasts PSU 65-62
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