Jan. 24, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #2 Michigan 68, Purdue 53
Records: U-M (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten), Purdue (10-9, 3-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 27 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 4 p.m. (TV: BTN)
Postgame Feature: Second-Half Adjustments Propel Wolverines Past Purdue
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a game featuring 16 lead changes and four ties, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 2 AP, No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) used a 14-2 second-half run to pull away and knock off the Purdue Boilermakers, 68-53, Thursday (Jan. 24) at Crisler Center.
The Maize and Blue outscored Purdue, 36-20, in the second half while shooting 54 percent from the floor (14-of-26) over the final 20 minutes.
Four Wolverines scored in double figures, with sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) scoring 15, junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) notching 13, and freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and freshman forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) each tallying 12. Burke also added eight assists, while Robinson led the team with nine rebounds.
Stauskas started the scoring for the Wolverines, knocking down a three-pointer from the corner in the first minute, before the Boilermakers jumped out to a 16-9 lead, their largest of the game, six minutes into play. The Wolverines came back and took the lead but ultimately left the floor trailing at halftime for just the third time this season, 33-32.
Hardaway took the ball to the hoop on Michigan's first possession of the second half to reclaim the lead, but Purdue responded with a basket of its own. The teams continued to trade leads for the first five minutes of the second half, until Robinson hit a three-pointer from the corner to spark a 14-2 Michigan run lasting more than seven minutes.
Purdue responded, cutting the 11-point Michigan advantage down to just five with less than six minutes to play; but Stauskas added another three-pointer from the corner to thwart the Boilers. Late in the game, freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added three consecutive baskets, bookended by five Stauskas points, to give Michigan a 14-point lead with two minutes remaining.
The Wolverines next travel to Champaign, Ill., on Sunday (Jan. 27) to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised on Big Ten Network.
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