Boilermakers Turn Up the Heat Against Cold Wolverines

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Playing its fourth game in seven days, the road-weary University of Michigan men's basketball team lost a 79-43 decision to Purdue on Wednesday night (Feb. 13) at Mackey Arena. Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington D.C./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) led the Wolverines with 13 points while LaVell Blanchard (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) added 11 points. Purdue received a game-high 23 points from Willie Deane.

Michigan (10-13, 5-7 Big Ten) shot just 24 percent (14-of-58) from the field in the game and fell into a deep hole by the end of the first half. The Wolverines jumped out to an early 8-6 lead at 15:06 with a triple from Robinson and five points from Blanchard, but Purdue responded with 13 straight points, including a triple from Darmetreis Kilgore at 11:51. Michigan's shooting woes continued as the Boilermakers outscored the Maize and Blue over three to one, 32-9, over the last 15 minutes.

Purdue (12-14, 4-8, Big Ten) built on its 38-17 halftime lead with the first eight points of the second frame, building to a 36-point lead, 69-33, at 6:23 with a Deane jumper. Unable to work the ball inside to Chris Young (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central HS), Michigan was forced to shoot from outside, where it was able to make only six of its school-record 32 three-point attempts.

The Wolverines return home after five days on the road for a Sunday (Feb. 17) game against Indiana at Crisler Arena. The game 1 p.m. will being televised by CBS.

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