Hardaway Jr. leads No. 18 Michigan over Penn State
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points, and freshman Trey Burke added 13 points and seven assists to lead No. 18 Michigan over Penn State 71-53 on Thursday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Evan Smotrycz chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (11-2, 1-0), who have won six straight since losing to Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Michigan won its conference opener for the first time in coach John Beilein's five seasons.
Tim Frazier had 20 points and four assists for Penn State (8-6, 0-1), but the rest of the team combined for just two assists and eight turnovers. The Nittany Lions have dropped four of their last six.
The Nittany Lions struggled from the start to keep up with Michigan's young talent.
Burke took control early, turning steals into layups on back-to-back possessions to help Michigan take an 11-5 lead.
Later in the first half, Zack Novak assisted Hardaway on a pair of easy baskets, including a dunk that brought the Crisler Center crowd to its feet. The Wolverines led 36-22 at intermission, holding Penn State to 33 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes.
Hardaway didn't lose any steam after halftime, scoring Michigan's first six points of the second period to give the Wolverines an 18-point advantage. Penn State never posed a serious threat the rest of the way.