Michigan Wolverines vs. Pitt Panthers: Live Score, Reaction for Preseason NIT
Final Score, Michigan 67 Pittsburgh 62
The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines got their first legitimate test of the 2012-13 season from the Pittsburgh Panthers, but managed to pass with flying colors thanks to Glenn Robinson III's late game explosion that helped the Maize and Blue come away with a 67-62 victory in the Preseason NIT Tip-Off semifinals.
Pitt led for much of the game until the Wolverines took a 46-44 lead with just over eight minutes left in the second half. Michigan never trailed from that point on.
Robinson scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half for the Wolverines and double-digit efforts from Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskus were too much for Pitt to overcome.
The Panthers looked Top 25 worthy in the loss and were led by junior small forward Lamar Patterson, who came out of his slump with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the loss.
Michigan will face the Kansas State Wildcats in the championship game on Friday, while the Panthers will take on the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens in the consolation game.
As I said earlier, Pitt looks like a Top 25 team and even with the loss they deserve serious consideration from the national pollsters.
James Robinson needs to show that kind of aggressiveness he had at the end of the game. Got to the basket for easy layups on three straight possessions.
Same with Lamar Patterson, who really carried the Panthers in their comeback attempt during the final five minutes.
Patterson finished with 14 points, but no one else from Pitt finished with double digit points. The Panthers need to find another scorer if they hope to contend for a Big East Conference title.
Nik Stauskus really impressed tonight for Michigan. Came in as a highly regarded shooter, but he has shown the ability to drive by people and get to the basket for easy points. Stauskus had a block and five rebounds as well. Pretty impressive for a true freshman.
Robinson III struggled early, but took over at the end of the game for Michigan. The Wolverines wouldn't have won tonight without his shooting late. Robinson finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Great win for Michigan. They got Pittsburgh's best shot tonight and the Wolverines proved a lot tonight, particularly in terms of their rebounding.
Michigan out-rebounded Pitt 32-19. Mitch McGary and Jordan Morgan combined for five offensive rebounds and 11 total boards. Hardaway and Robinson turned in five rebounds apiece as well.
If the Wolverines can continue to rebound as well as they did tonight they can win the Big Ten Conference and make a legitimate run at a Final Four.
Burke gets fouled before the inbound pass and pours in two more free throws.
Michigan closes the game by making 12 straight free throws.
Michigan 65 Pitt 62, 1.5 seconds remaining.
Michigan has had trouble with the last two inbound passes, so this game is not quite over yet.
Hold on folks, James Robinson with ANOTHER drive to the basket and gets the basket, plus a foul shot.
Missed free throw and Stauskus pulls down the rebound. Jump ball. Michigan with the possession.
Michigan fortunate once again as Stauskus gets bailed out along the sideline by a Patterson push foul.
Stauskus hits both free throws to put the game away.
James Robinson keeping Pitt alive. Two straight drives, but Michigan will allow Pitt to drive for quick twos and force them to foul.
Michigan 63 Pitt 58, 18.6 seconds remaining
Burke knocks down two free throws to hold Pitt's rally at bay.
Burke is lucky Pitt fouled early there, because he lost the ball and it went right into the hands of J.J. Moore.
Robinson with ice in his veins knocks through two free throws to push Michigan's lead back to five points with less than 30 seconds left.
Robinson missed two free throws earlier. Critical one-and-one coming up here.
Pitt should look to foul early. Jordan Morgan and Robinson III are the top targets.
Michigan 59 Pitt 56, 30.6 seconds remaining.
Woodall hit a step back jumper right in Robinson's eye. Pitt within three.
Pitt needs a stop here. Not many possessions left in this game and the Panthers are already down two scores.
Zanna comes back with a three-point play to keep the Panthers in it. Down six with 1:14 left.
Michigan 59 Pitt 50, 1:27 remaining in the game
James Robinson forces a layup and Robinson finds Hardaway for a nice floater along the baseline in transition.
Pitt turns it over on the ensuing possession and Stauskus draws a foul. Game getting away from Pitt right now.
Michigan 55 Pitt 50, 2:20 remaining in the game
Beilein must've seen something with how Pitt played them defensively. Calls a 30-second timeout to get a play set up with 13 ticks left on the shot clock
Someone else beside Patterson has to come up with some big shots down the stretch for Pitt.
This is the Michigan team everyone expected to see tonight. It just took until late in the second half for them to get aggressive and go to the basket.
Just inexperience and lack of aggression in the post:
Man, come on Steven. Adams literally just stood there and watched the rebound go by.— Cardiac Hill (@PittPantherBlog) November 22, 2012
Hardaway with another drive and strong finish to extend Michigan's lead.
Michigan has a +11 rebounding margin right now. Been a while since that has happened against a major conference opponent.
Michigan 53 Pitt 50, 4:15 remaining in the game
Patterson starting to take over for Pitt. Draws a foul on the drive for a three-point play and puts McGary on the bench with his fourth personal.
Michigan with two offensive rebounds on that possession. Mitch McGary has proven to be the rebounding presence Michigan has needed for a couple years now.
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