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Penn State 84, Michigan 78

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State coach Patrick Chambers has been saying for the past month that his team was close to its first Big Ten win of the season, it simply needed to get some shots to fall.

Those shots fell Wednesday night.

The Nittany Lions hit 10 3-pointers to knock off No. 4 Michigan 84-78 for their biggest win in nearly two full seasons under Chambers.

Jermaine Marshall, who was 6 of 10 from 3-point range, scored 25 points and gave the Nittany Lions (9-18, 1-14 Big Ten) an 81-78 lead on a contested layup with 1:06 to play. Free throws by seniors Nick Colella and Sasa Borovnjak padded Penn State's lead and the Wolverines (23-5, 10-5), who made only 5 of 20 3-pointers, would not score again.

Penn State, which trailed by 15 points with a little more than 10 minutes remaining, got back into the game on the strength of a hot hand of Marshall, who poured in all but six of his points in the second half, including four 3-pointers. D.J. Newbill had 17 points and five assists and Ross Travis had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Nittany Lions.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines with 19 points and Trey Burke had 18.

Penn State, which had been able to hang with Michigan for most of a 79-71 loss in Ann Arbor 10 days earlier, stayed within striking distance of the visitors for the majority of the first half.

The Nittany Lions trailed 39-36 at the break and were poised to shoot for the lead in the final seconds of the half before Mitch McGary came up with a steal and a fast-break layup with eight seconds remaining.

Burke, the Big Ten's second-leading scorer entering the game, took just four shots and had five points in the first half. Nik Stauskas had nine points and Jordan Morgan had eight in the first half for Michigan, which shot 54 percent from the field but turned the ball over 10 times and had trouble with Penn State's full-court pressure.

Penn State got seven points apiece from Newbill, Travis and Brandon Taylor in the first half. The Nittany Lions shot 42 percent from the field but connected on 5 of their 10 3-point tries in the half.

Notes: Penn State entered Wednesday's game having been outscored by 11.8 points per game at the free-throw line over its last six games. The Nittany Lions held a 7-point advantage at the line Wednesday. ... Burke leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.90) ... The win was Penn State's first since a 10-point victory over Duquesne on Dec. 29.
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