Feb. 25, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Purdue 75, #11 Michigan 61
Records: U-M (21-8; 11-5 Big Ten), Purdue (19-10; 9-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Mar. 1 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 6 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 11 AP/No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) suffered its first home loss of the season, falling to Purdue, 75-61, on Senior Night Saturday (Feb. 25) inside Crisler Center.
Senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) each scored a team-high 12 points, while sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) added 10 points.
Michigan shot 25-of-60 (42 percent) from the floor in the game, while Purdue converted 27-of-54 (50 percent). However, the Boilermakers made 14-of-16 (88 percent) from the charity stripe, with U-M only getting to the line twice, shooting 50 percent (2-of-4).
After going 1-for-8 from the field to open up the game, Michigan trailed 12-2 at the 14:37 mark. U-M then used a 7-0 run to get within three, but the Boilermakers answered, scoring seven straight points to go back up 10 (19-9) with 11 minutes to play in the half. Purdue's largest lead in the opening 20 minutes reached 11 points -- 22-11 at 10:13.
The Wolverines chipped away at the deficit over the next 10 minutes, getting within seven as the teams exchanged baskets. However, with 42 seconds on the clock, Burke knocked down a triple to cut Purdue's lead to just four and Michigan entered the locker room down, 32-28.
In the first half, U-M shot 12-for-27 (44 percent) from the field, while Purdue converted 12-for-28 (43 percent). Both teams grabbed 15 boards in the half.
Trailing 38-30 early in the second half, Novak and Burke knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to cut Purdue's lead to two at the 15:58 mark. Then, after a pair of free throws from Burke, senior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) forced Purdue into a turnover and Burke found sophomore/junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) for a layup on the other end to give Michigan the 42-40 advantage with a little more than 12 minutes to play.
The Boilermakers answered with a 12-3 run to retake the lead, 52-45, before Morgan converted a layup to silence the run. With a little less than five minutes to play, however, Purdue used four three-point plays to build up a 20-5 run and extend its lead to 70-54 at the 1:36 mark.
Novak knocked down his fourth triple just before being subbed out of the game, and senior guard Corey Person (Kalamazoo, Mich./Central) came off the bench to score Michigan's final four points of the game and set his new career high in scoring.
The Wolverines will play the first of their two remaining regular-season games when they travel to Illinois on Thursday (March 1). Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423