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No. 4 Michigan starts slow, beats Penn State 79-71
MICHIGAN 79, PENN ST 71

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Glen Robinson III bounced back from one
of his worst games to help No. 4 Michigan respond to an
embarrassing loss with a much-needed win.



Robinson matched a career high with 21 points and Trey Burke
scored a season-high 29 to help the Wolverines get past a
humbling setback with a 79-71 victory over Penn State on Sunday.



"It definitely got my confidence rolling," Robinson said after
making all six of his shots, nine of 11 free throws and grabbing
10 rebounds.



It might've helped Michigan (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten) as well after it
dropped three of its previous four games, including a 23-point
loss Tuesday night on the road against No. 8 Michigan State.



"We just needed a win any way possible," coach John Beilein
said.



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.



"I told the guys this was a gritty, not pretty, win," Burke
said.



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 Burke made a game-tying, off-balance fadeaway
with 55 seconds left in the first half.



"It was an incredible shot," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers
said. "It looked like he was going to pass it, but he hung in
the air long enough that he could change his mind and shoot it.
And, he's talented enough that he made it."



Jermaine Marshall and Sasa Borovnjak each scored 17 points while
D.J. Newbill and Ross Travis had 11 apiece for the Nittany
Lions. Penn State, coming off a two-point loss to Iowa, is
desperately trying to win a Big Ten game for the first time
since beating the Hawkeyes on Feb. 16, 2012.



"The energy, attitude and resolve we've had has been
incredible," Chambers said. "We're getting better. A couple
weeks ago, we wouldn't have been in this game."



Michigan scored the first six points after halftime to take
control and Robinson 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.



"The first half went as well as it could've for us, but giving
up almost 50 points in the second half was not executing our
game plan," Chambers said. "We've got to learn how to make plays
down the stretch to win."



Robinson played well following a poor performance at Michigan
State, where he matched a season low with two points.



"He probably had four or five dunks to do a good job of igniting
them," Chambers said.



Tim Hardaway Jr., meanwhile, was off offensively for a second
straight game. The junior shooting guard scored eight points -
half his average - on 3-of-11 shooting after equaling a career
low with two points and missing 10 of 11 shots against the
Spartans.



"He's old enough to know he can get 20 any given night," said
Burke, a sophomore.



Freshman Nik Stauskas scored 18 points, giving the Wolverines
the third scoring option they needed to avoid an upset.



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.



"This place is unbelievable," Rice said just before tipoff.
"It's amazing what they've done to the place."



The Wolverines wore throwback uniforms, designed to look like
the ones from the 1967-68 season, their first in Crisler Arena,
and the players got haircuts to sport part of the Fab Five's
look from two decades ago.



Michigan has a week off before its next game at home against
Illinois. The time off should help Jordan Morgan recover from a
lingering ankle injury, which limited him to 7 minutes Sunday,
and Chris LeVert, who was knocked out of the game against Penn
State with an ankle injury.



"(LeVert) couldn't go back in after it tightened up on him,"
Beilein said. "When you watch (Morgan) move out there, it's not
happening. He's delayed."



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