Michigan Knocks Off No. 16 Purdue on Senior Night
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 87, #16/16 Purdue 78
Records: U-M (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten), Purdue (21-7, 10-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 1 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CST

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) scored a career-best 29 points to lead the University of Michigan men's basketball team to an 87-78 victory over No. 16-ranked Purdue on Thursday night (Feb. 28) at Crisler Arena. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS) added 27 points, along the way becoming just the sixth sophomore in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

Leading by three at the break, the Maize and Blue was a red-hot 81 percent (17-of-21) in the second half from the field to pull away for the victory. For the contest, the Wolverines shot a season-best 63 percent from the field (29-of-46) and a season-high 50 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc.

U-M started the second stanza strong, pushing its halftime advantage out to double digits, 51-41, with 14:30 to play, courtesy of a three-point play from Sims and a basket by Harris. The Wolverines and Boilermakers traded the next seven points before Purdue went on a 7-0 run to cut the U-M lead to three, 58-55, with 11:19 to play.

Michigan answered right back, going on a 19-6 run over the next six minutes. Sims paced the Maize and Blue during the run with 11 points during the surge as U-M took a 16-point lead.

Purdue fought back, cutting the Michigan lead to just six with 28 seconds to play, but the Maize and Blue's advantage was never seriously threatened.

Robbie Hummel led the Boilermakers with 24 points in the contest.

A back-and-forth first half featured six ties and eight lead changes as well as a combined 27 free-throw attempts between the two teams. Both clubs made 10 free throws in the opening stanza and neither side held a lead larger than five points.

Michigan took a four-point lead, 26-22, with 4:21 remaining in the half when freshman guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) buried a triple and Harris followed with a pair of free throws. Purdue drew back even, 32-32, but U-M scored the next five on a field goal by Sims and an old-fashioned three-point play from Harris. Purdue scored the final bucket of the half to make the Michigan lead three, 37-34, at the break. Harris and Sims each scored a dozen to lead the Wolverines at the intermission.

Purdue's largest lead of the first 20 minutes was four, which occurred early on for the Boilermakers, 15-11, after back-to-back baskets by Hummel, who led all scorers with 16 points in the first half.

This Sunday (March 1), U-M will return to the court when it travels to Madison, Wis., to take on the Badgers in the Kohl Center. Game time between the Wolverines and Badgers is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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