Jan. 30, 2014
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #10 Michigan 75, Purdue 66
Records: U-M (16-4, 8-0 Big Ten), PUR (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 2 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 1 p.m. (TV: CBS)
• Postgame Feature: LeVert's Versatility on Full Display against Purdue
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 14 ESPN/USA Today) defeated Purdue, 75-66, Thursday night (Jan. 30) inside Crisler Center for its 10th consecutive victory.
Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) led the Wolverines in scoring with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while freshman Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) added 14 points, hitting six of his seven field goal attempts in a game that Michigan led by as many as 17. Graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was U-M's final double-digit scorer with 11 points, and he also tallied six rebounds.
After Purdue scored the first bucket of the game, Michigan came right back with eight straight points. Morgan had a put-back layup, Walton hit a three from the corner, and Stauskas hit another triple to put the Wolverines up 8-2 less than four minutes in. Two Stauskas free throws with 12:08 left in the first half gave U-M its first double-digit lead of the night at 16-6.
Later, Purdue used an 11-0 run to take a 19-18 lead, before, out of a timeout, Walton made a layup to reclaim the lead at 20-19.
Purdue led for the last time at 21-20, as Michigan came back with a 13-4 run that lasted 4:09 to go ahead 33-25 with 2:58 left in the half. The first frame came to a close as Walton hit a buzzer-beating layup after taking the ball the length of the floor, giving the Wolverines a 37-29 lead going into halftime.
Morgan opened up the second half with a jumper off the glass to put U-M up 10. After Terone Johnson drove baseline and hit a layup to cut Michigan's lead to 41-35, the Wolverines went on another 13-4 run. LeVert connected on an old-fashioned three-point play with 15:42 left to gain an 11-point lead, and a minute later he made a fast-break layup to put the Maize and Blue ahead 52-39. On the next possession, junior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) hit a turnaround jumper in the paint to cap off the run and make the score 54-39, forcing the Boilermakers to call timeout with 13:50 remaining in the game.
Purdue came within eight points, 60-52, with 8:59 left to play, but 14 seconds later freshman guard Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) hit from long distance to bring U-M back up 11.
Michigan shot 28-of-46 (61 percent) from the floor in the game and went 7-of-13 (54 percent) from three. On the other side, Purdue was 28-of-65 (43 percent) on field goal attempts and shot only 2-of-14 (14 percent) from long distance. The Wolverines had six blocks as a team, with Stauskas posting a career high with three and LeVert matching career best with two. Purdue had more rebounds, assists, points in the paint and steals as a team.
The Wolverines travel to Bloomington, Ind., this Sunday (Feb. 2) to take on Indiana at Assembly Hall. The game is scheduled to tip at 1 p.m. and will be televised on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423