With the loss at Purdue, Michigan has now lost two straight conference games on the road and five of its last six games overall in Big Ten play. The Wolverines are now 14-8 overall and 4-6 in the league.
Michigan has lost its last three games against Purdue. Today also marks the fourth straight loss at Mackey Arena. U-M is now 60-80 all-time against the Boilermakers.
Manny Harris was called for a flagrant foul on Purdues Chris Kramer and was subsequently ejected early in the second half. Harris was pivoting with the ball and his arm caught Kramer in the face. It is the second straight game a Wolverine has been ejected. Harris closed the game with five points and two rebounds.
Zack Novak missed todays game as he was serving a one-game suspension by U-M head coach John Beilein following Novaks flagrant foul and subsequent ejection from U-M's game at Ohio State on Wednesday (Jan. 28). Novak had played in all 20 games with nine straight straights before sitting out.
DeShawn Sims' 10 points give him 21 games this season scoring in double figures. Overall, it is the 47th in his career. He now has 847 career points and is averaging 15.4 points per game.
Jevohn Shepherd had 10 points off the bench, giving him his third double-figure scoring game of the season and sixth in his career. He closed 4-of-7 from the field, including a three-pointer -- his third of the season.
C.J. Lee started his first game of the season, in place of Zack Novak. It is the eighth start of his two-year career with the Wolverines. Lee finished the game with two points, three rebounds and a career-best-tying two steals in a career-high 29 minutes of action.
After going 0-of-6 from the field, Stu Douglass is now 0-of-12 in his last two games, including a 0-of-9 drought on long-range buckets.
Eric Puls came off the bench to play the final three minutes. In that time frame, he tallied a career-best five points, going 2-of-3 from the field. He also drained his third three-pointer of the season, keeping him perfect at 3-of-3 in his career. In fact, his jumper from the corner on his second attempt was the first miss of his career. He is 5-of-6 this season.
Manny Harris has started all 54 games in his Michigan career. In addition, classmate Kelvin Grady started his eighth straight contest, giving him 54 straight games played for the Wolverines. Grady has 31 career starts.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On the game... "There was a span in the second half where we had four open looks and they had four open shots. They made all four of theirs and we missed all four of ours, and the next thing you know we are down by eight. I don't think we played as well as we could have during the last 15 minutes. Purdue is really good. They are a really good defensive team. With two of our forwards out at the same time, it didn't help with our timing. We still had some really good looks down the stretch in a row but could not knock them down. Next thing you know you are down 10, or 12, and it is really tough here to come back and score on this team when you are down like that. We have to keep working and working to get better because I thought we gave great effort throughout the entire game."
On Manny Harris' ejection from the game... "I looked at the video tape of it and I will have to look at it a little more. We have two ways, when you have the ball on one side of your body, to get it to the other side to pass it. There is two ways we teach to bring it the other side. If you sweep it down low, we call that a sweep, and if you arch the ball up top we call that an archie. If you sweep it here (the middle) you will get it taken away from you. In the midst of arching the ball, he (Manny) caught (Chris) Kramer. I will have to look at it a little more closely, but with our ball transfers you either have to do it low or you have to do it high. Then you have to mix it up. He (Manny) caught Kramer because he was right here (in his face) guarding him. He is such a good defender; he is always right there. The officials called it a flagrant foul. End of story. It was an unfortunate accident, but I will look at the tape and see what I determine for the future."
On if he felt there was carry over from Zack Novak's flagrant foul at Ohio State... "No. These are two different situations. Not because he is Manny Harris. It is because one had the ball and one did not have the ball."
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