Short-handed Wolverines Fall at No. 13 Purdue

Jan. 23, 2010

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Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Score: #13 Purdue 69, Michigan 59
Records: U-M (10-9, 3-4 Big Ten), Purdue (16-3, 4-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Jan. 26 -- vs. Michigan State (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

West Lafayette, Ind. -- Playing without junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) for the first time in 86 games due to suspension, the University of Michigan men's basketball team fell to Purdue (No. 13 AP/No. 15 ESPN/USA Today), 69-59, on Saturday (Jan. 23) at Mackey Arena. Senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) led the Wolverines with 21 points and eight rebounds.

U-M outscored the host Boilermakers 32-26 in the second half but could not overcome a steep 43-27 first-half deficit, its largest halftime deficit this season.

Despite shooting 55 percent (11-for-20) from the floor in the first half, Michigan struggled offensively. Sims was virtually the entire offense for the Wolverines, accounting for 16 of the team's 27 first-half points and taking the team's first six shots and scoring the first 13 points of the game for Michigan.

It took until 7:28 left in the first half for a second Michigan player to score when sophomore guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) hit a three-pointer to provide some much-needed support.

Michigan had difficulty defending a red-hot Purdue team, allowing the Boilermakers to go on four different 6-0 or better runs, and at the end of the half, Purdue led 43-27.

The second half began much the same as the first half for Michigan. At one point early in the second half, the Boilermakers went on a 14-0 run, during which Michigan missed nine straight shots and allowed Purdue its largest lead of the game (59-32). However, the Wolverines maintained their patience and grit, and with 11:54 left in the game, freshman guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) ended the 5:39 drought with a lay-up.

Feeding off Morris' energy, Michigan went on a 12-3 run of its own. After trailing by 27, Michigan cut the Boilermakers' lead but was unable to get any closer than 10 points, the final score margin (69-59). Novak's 13 second-half points led the Wolverines as he finished the game with 16 points.

Michigan reduced the Boilermakers' shooting percentage from 58.1 percent in the first half to 36.8 percent in the second. The Wolverines also led the rebounding battle (21-15) in the second half and forced Purdue into seven second-half turnovers.

The Wolverines return to Crisler Arena on Tuesday (Jan. 26) for the second "Maize Out" of the season, when they host Michigan State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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