Michigan overcomes double-digit deficit to knock off Penn State
A 15-0 run to close the first half and start the second was the difference in State College on Tuesday night, as Michigan posted a 58-57 victory over Penn State.
Michigan jumped out to a 19-16 lead early on the road but the Nittany Lions responded with a big run to take an 11-point lead at 34-23. A Jalen Pickett 3-pointer with under 4 minutes to play in the opening half appeared to secure a halftime lead for Micah Shrewsberry’s squad.
But the Wolverines closed the half on an 11-0 run to close out the half to tie the game. Brandon Johns Jr. closed the first 20 minutes with the final 5 points to knot the game at 34-34.
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Out of halftime, the two teams traded misses before a DeVante’ Jones bucket put Michigan ahead by 2 points. Jones then hit a pair of free throws to give the Wolverines a 4-point advantage.
Myles Dread hit a 3-point shot with 13:51 to play to end Penn State’s scoring drought, which extended nearly 10 minutes.
Michigan never got a lead bigger than 6 points, but it proved to be enough to get the win. The Wolverines made just enough plays down the stretch to post a critical road victory in B1G play.
Hunter Dickinson led the way for Michigan with an impressive 19-point, 15-rebound double-double performance. Eli Brooks was the only other Wolverine to hit double figures, scoring 16 points.
Pickett scored 14 for Penn State and Sam Sessoms pitched in 13 off the bench.
Michigan is back over .500 in B1G play this season at 6-5. Penn State fell to 4-8.