Dec. 28, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Purdue 80, Michigan 57
Records: U-M (10-3, 0-1 Big Ten), Purdue (12-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 13,751 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 2 -- vs. Penn State (Crisler Arena), 4 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team saw its seven-game winning streak snapped in an 80-57 loss to Purdue Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 28) inside Crisler Arena. In the Big Ten opener for both teams, the Boilermakers shot 19-of-30 (63.3 percent) in the second half and had 20-plus point performances from JaJuan Johnson (22) and E'Twaun Moore (21).
Junior Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), who made his first start of the season, led Michigan with 15 points, which included three three-pointers. Sophomore Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) and freshman Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) added nine points apiece, while Morris dished out six assists. Purdue had four players in double figures in scoring. Ryne Smith was 5-of-6 from three-point range and had 17 points, while Terone Johnson added 10 points and four assists.
Purdue started the game on fire, making six of its first seven shots on its way to a 14-2 lead with 16:21 left in the first half. Smith's three gave the Boilermakers their largest lead of the half (19-3) at 10:58, but Douglass, who had 13 first-half points, had five straight points to cut the lead to 19-8 at 10:18. A Douglass three at 8:06 started an 11-0 run for the Maize and Blue. Freshman Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) hit two triples in that run, the second one capping the run and cutting the Purdue lead to 21-19 with 5:17 remaining. Hardaway hit two free throws to make it 25-24 Purdue and freshman Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) gave Michigan its only lead of the game (26-25) at 1:20. However, Purdue went on a 5-0 half-ending run that was capped by a Smith three with 39 seconds left, giving the Boilermakers a four-point lead at the break.
Hardaway opened the second half with a layup at 19:43, but Purdue went on an 8-0 run that was capped by a Moore three at 17:46. Michigan answered with the next five points on a jumper from Douglass and a Hardaway three to cut the deficit to five (38-33). An old-fashion three-point play from Johnson gave the Boilermakers an eight-point lead, but junior Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) hit a three at 14:58 to make it a one possession Purdue lead (41-38). The two teams traded buckets, including a layup from redshirt freshman Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./U of D Jesuit) at 14:03, but Purdue stretched the lead to double digits with an 8-0 run as Johnson made it 55-44 with 10:26 left. Michigan got as close as eight points on a three from Morris at 8:05, but the Boilers outscored U-M 23-8 the rest of the way.
Michigan shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the field and had a season-high seven blocks, led by Douglass' two swats. Purdue ended the game with a 49.2 percent shooting clip (29-of-59) and a 10-of-18 mark (55.6 percent) from three-point range. The Boilermakers had a 38-30 rebounding advantage, led by Moore's nine boards.
U-M finishes its eight-game home stand this Sunday (Jan. 2) against Penn State. The game will start at 4 p.m. in Crisler Arena and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423