No. 11 Purdue Runs Away From U-M in 2nd Half

The Michigan basketball team dropped to 0-1 in Big 10 play with an 80-57 loss to the No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers on Tuesday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Stu Douglass was the lone U-Mer to hit double figures.

ANN ARBOR - No. 11 Purdue jumped on top of Michigan 19-3 in the games opening minutes, then survived a Wolverines surge late in the half to deal Michigan it's first Big 10 loss of the season with an 80-57 drubbing.

Stu Douglass, 15 points, was the only Michigan player to hit double digits in the loss. Darius Morris and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored nine points, plus Morris added six assists and four rebounds.

Purdue was led by JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore scored 22 and 21 points to go along with nine rebounds a piece for the visitors. Ryne Smith also added 17 points for Purdue.

After Purdue built a 19-3 lead nine minutes into the contest the Wolverines surged behind Stu Douglass for their only lead of the game. Douglass scored eight straight for Michigan, then added another jumper around a pair of Evan Smotrycz three-pointers to make it 21-19 with 5:22 left in the half. With 1:21 remaining in the period a Jon Horford dunk put Michigan on top 26-25, the only lead U-M would muster all game.

Purdue reclaimed the lead with a 30-26 edge at the break, then opened the second half with an 8-2 surge to extend the lead. A pair of Hardaway Jr. triples and a pair of Jordan Morgan bunnies helped Michigan tie it 45-45 with 13:28 to go, but then it was all Purdue.

Moore's jumper with 7:29 stretched Purdue's lead back to double digits since the first time early in the first half. Purdue's stiffing defense then took over holding Michigan to just five more points over the games final seven and a half minutes to help the visitors coast to the 23 point win.

The loss snaps the Wolverines win streak and starts Michigan 0-1 in Big 10 play. The Wolverines return to action Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Crisler Arena.

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