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CHICAGO -- Five players scored in double digits the Michigan Wolverines broke open a tight game in the second half and secured a 83-66 Big Ten tournament win over Penn State Thursday at the United Center.

Big Ten player of the year Trey Burke led with a game-high 21 points as the fifth-seeded Wolverines, ranked No. 6 nationally, earned a Friday quarterfinals date with No. 4 seed Wisconsin.

Thursday's meeting was the third between Michigan and Penn State in the past 3 1/2 weeks. The Lions upset the Wolverines 84-74 on Feb. 27.

D.J. Newbill led No. 12 seed Penn State (10-21) with 20 points, Sasa Borovnjak had 15 and Ross Travis added 12.

Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Nik Stauskas each had 15 points for the Wolverines. Jon Horford had 11 and Mitch McGary added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wolverines turned a two-point game at halftime into a blowout, leading by as many as 19 points on three occasions in the second half.

Michigan's Burke opened with a 3-pointer for a quick lead, but Penn State stormed back with 14-unanswered points to claim a 14-3 lead before six minutes had elapsed behind six points from Borovnjak.

Penn State just as abruptly went cold while Michigan found its scoring touch, answering the Nittany Lions' early run a 16-2 surge that led to a 19-16 lead after Stauskas' trey with 9:59 left in the half.

Michigan led the rest of the way, opening a 35-26 advantage with 3:23 left on another Stauskas 3-pointer. But Penn State scored seven unanswered points in the final three minutes to close the halftime tap to 35-33.

The Wolverines restored some distance early in the second half and opened 54-47 lead on Horford's rebound tip-in with 12:17 left.

Less than two minutes later Michigan was in command with after an 12-0 run opened a 62-47 lead after a Horford 3-point play.

NOTES: Michigan improved to 13-14 all-time in Big Ten tourney play and won its first-round game for the seventh straight season ... Although Penn State was the tourney's bottom seed, the Nittany Lions have been successful against Michigan -- at least at the United Center. Penn State beat Michigan in first round games in Chicago in 2000 and 2001. Penn State also reached the 2011 Big Ten title game before falling to Ohio State ... Michigan received numerous post-season awards including Burke's citation as Big Ten player of the year and joined Hardaway on the league's first team. It was the first time since 1994 (Jalen Rose Juwan Howard) when Michigan had two first teamers ... Burke, who averaged 19.2 points and 6.9 assists, is finalist for five top national player of the year awards ... Penn State's Big Ten honorees included junior Jermaine Marshall and sophomore D.J. Newbill, both honorable mention ... February was a record month for the Big Ten Network, which reported its highest primetime rating ever with a .88 household rating. The jump was fueled by a 33 percent increase in men's basketball in Nielsen Media Research metered markets compared to February 2012.
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