Jan. 24, 2012
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Score: #20 Michigan 66, Purdue 64
Records: U-M (16-5, 6-2 Big Ten), Purdue (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 29 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 1 p.m. (TV: CBS)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 20 AP, No. 22 ESPN/USA Today) withstood a 20-6 run by Purdue in the second half and rallied to overcome the Boilermakers, 66-64, Tuesday night (Jan. 24) inside Mackey Arena. The Wolverines shot 54 percent (27-of-50) from the floor, including 43 percent (6-of-14) from behind the arc, in the game.
Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) scored a game-high 19 points, while junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds.
Michigan held Purdue without a field goal for the first six minutes of the second half, during which it used an 11-3 run to push its lead to 41-31 at the 16:37 mark. However, the Boilermakers responded by going on the 20-6 run over the next eight and a half minutes.
With the Wolverines trailing by four, freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) passed to a wide-open Morgan at the basket for a layup. Then, after a Purdue turnover on the other end, Morgan had the ball under the rim but kicked it out to senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) in the corner for a triple to regain the lead, 52-51, at the 6:25 mark. The teams exchanged baskets for the next two and a half minutes, but the U-M defense held Purdue without a field goal for the final 3:53 of the game.
After a pair of free throws by Purdue guard Lewis Jackson, who finished with 17 points and eights assists, Burke had the ball in the lane and kicked it out to senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), who in turn found Morgan for a two-handed slam and a 65-64 Michigan lead with 1:31 remaining. Purdue's next possession lasted for more than a minute, but the Boilermakers were unable to score, securing the victory for U-M.
The Boilermakers held a slight 5-4 advantage over the Wolverines early in the first half until Burke found Morgan cutting to the hoop for a dunk at the 15:00 mark to start a 10-0 Michigan run, during which Purdue was scoreless for five minutes. After back-to-back triples by senior captains Douglass and Novak, Douglass scored again on a layup to cap the run with 11:47 to play in the half.
However, back-to-back three-pointers by Purdue cut the Wolverines' lead to three, 20-17, at the 7:09 mark, and the teams exchanged baskets over the remainder of the half. Michigan entered the locker room at the break with a 30-28 edge.
The Wolverines will wrap up their three-game road trip on Sunday (Jan. 29) when they play Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on CBS.
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