Wolverines Complete Comeback to Derail Boilermakers
Spike Albrecht

March 6, 2013

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Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Score: #7 Michigan 80, Purdue 75
Records: U-M (25-5, 12-5 Big Ten), Purdue (14-16, 7-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 10 -- vs. Indiana (Crisler Center), 4 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 7 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Purdue, 80-75, on Wednesday (March 6) at Mackey Arena. Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, in a game that saw Michigan lead by as many as 10 and trail by 12 with 12 minutes to play.

Freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) joined Burke in double figures with 17 and 16 points, respectively.

The Wolverines scored the first four points out of the break to knot the game at 34 apiece. Purdue tallied nine unanswered points to help the Boilermakers regain a 43-34 lead by the first media timeout of the second half (15:44).

Terone Johnson scored Purdue's next nine points over a four-minute span to help the Boilermakers maintain a 12-point advantage with 11:35 remaining in the game. Michigan then went on a 12-3 run, which included seven points from Burke, to pull within three, 55-52, with 7:43 to play.

Burke continued to lead the comeback charge, scoring five more points over the next two minutes to bring U-M within one, 58-57, and force Purdue to call timeout at the 5:40 mark.

The Wolverines took back the lead when Burke fed freshman guard Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) for a fastbreak layup, putting U-M up, 61-60, with 4:18 to play.

After the less than four-minute media timeout, three-pointers by Hardaway and Stauskas and a pair of free throws from Stauskas pushed U-M's lead to five, 69-64, at the 2:31 mark.

Michigan went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe down the stretch, including 7-for-8 from Burke to hold off Purdue's second comeback effort.

U-M jumped out to an early 7-3 lead, and an easy layup by freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) off a feed from Burke put the Wolverines up 9-3 and forced Purdue to call a 30-second timeout less than four minutes in. Out of the huddle, Purdue scored on back-to-back possessions to get within two, 9-7, by the first media timeout (14:30).

U-M responded with an 8-0 run, including an old-fashioned three-point play and triple from Hardaway, to push its lead to 17-7 and force Purdue to take another timeout at the 12:27 mark.

Michigan maintained its 10-point advantage as Hardaway drained another three-pointer, but after exchanging baskets, Purdue fought back, using a 9-0 run to take a one-point lead, 29-28, by the final media timeout of the half at the 2:10 mark. Purdue added a pair of free throws out of the timeout, before a foul-line jumper by Stauskas halted the run, making it 31-30, in favor of the Boilermakers.

With six seconds remaining in the half, Johnson hit a three-pointer from the corner to put the Boilermakers up, 34-30, at the break.

Michigan shot just 33 percent (11-for-33) from the field in the opening half, while Purdue converted 43 percent (12-for-28) of its field goal attempts.

Michigan will return home to host Indiana in its regular-season finale on Sunday (March 10). The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be televised on CBS. The Wolverines will honor their five seniors in a special ceremony prior to tipoff.

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