Michigan Loses Physical Battle at No. 16 Purdue
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Score: #16 Purdue 67, Michigan 49
Records: U-M (14-8, 4-6 Big Ten), Purdue (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 5 -- vs. Penn State (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After leading by one at the half, the University of Michigan men's basketball team lost the lead and fell, 67-49, at Purdue (No. 16 AP/No. 17 ESPN/USA Today) on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 31) in Mackey Arena. Junior DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) and senior Jevohn Shepherd (Toronto, Ontario/West Hills Collegiate) tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points apiece.

After tacking on a free throw and field goal to build U-M's lead to 29-27 just over a minute into the second half, sophomore Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) committed an unintentional elbow while turning toward the basket and the referee called a flagrant foul and ejected Michigan's leading scorer.

Purdue answered with a 15-5 run to gain a 42-34 advantage at the 11:27 media timeout. Michigan kept the deficit at eight on a bucket by Sims, but the Boilermakers' lead swelled to 54-36 at the next media timeout.

The Boilermakers' lead hovered around 18 points the rest of the way as Purdue handed Michigan the road defeat. Purdue's E'Twaun Moore led all scorers in the game with 17 points.

Michigan started the contest 0-of-6 but strong inside defense held Purdue to 2-of-8 over the same span, and the score read 4-0 until 13:19 remaining in the first when Sims knocked down a three-pointer for U-M's first points. The Wolverines' first three shots made came from beyond the arc.

With the Boilermakers leading 13-9, senior/junior Zack Gibson(Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) grabbed a rebound and slammed it home on a dunk all in one motion, igniting a U-M 8-0 run, which forced a Purdue timeout with Michigan up, 17-13.

Field goals continued to be hard to come by as Purdue slowly climbed back into the lead, 25-22, with under a minute to play. Harris then netted his first bucket of the game with 24 ticks left and, after steal by fifth-year senior C.J. Lee (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland HS), Gibson tipped a Harris miss into the basket just before the first-half buzzer sounded, giving U-M a 26-25 advantage heading into halftime. A review of the play confirmed Gibson's tip counted.

Sims led U-M in the first with six points, while Purdue's Moore led all scorers with seven.

U-M next faces Penn State on Thursday (Feb. 5) at 7 p.m. in Crisler Arena. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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