Hunter Dickinson scored 20 points, including the tying and winning scores, as Michigan scrapped past Penn State 62-58 in a low-scoring grinder of a Big Ten Conference opener on Sunday.
It was a breakout game for Michigan's freshman starting center, who pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots. Dickinson scored 11 of his career high points in the second half as Michigan fought to regain the lead it had held much of the game.
Penn State's Sam Sessoms had lifted the Nittany Lions into a 58-56 lead converting a three-point play with just under three minutes left.
Dickinson took a pass inside from Mike Smith on the next possession and threw down a dunk to tie, then scored a layup after a Sessoms turnover for a 60-58 lead that stood up for the last 1:21.
Penn State missed two layups and a desperation 3-pointer in the last 31 seconds.
Michigan shot 20 for 45, finishing more than 20 points below its season average.
Big Ten play continues as Penn State visits Illinois Dec. 23 and Michigan spends Christmas Day at Nebraska.
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