Boilers Blast Wolverines for First Big Ten Victory

<p>The Wolverines traveled to West Lafayette Sunday afternoon to face a Purdue searching for its first Big Ten win. Unfortunately for the Maize and Blue, Gene Keady's club found what they were looking for, handing Michigan an 84-55 defeat.</p>

The Wolverines traveled to West Lafayette Sunday afternoon to face a Purdue searching for its first Big Ten win. Unfortunately for the Maize and Blue, Gene Keady's club found what they were looking for, handing Michigan an 84-55 defeat.

The Michigan Basketball team went on the road for the second straight time, Sunday afternoon, without the services of starting point guard Daniel Horton. His absence stymied the Maize and Blue's offensive production at times versus Michigan State on Thursday, and that was again the case today versus the Purdue Boilermakers.

Gene Keady's club jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead behind five points from Matt Keifer, but the Wolverines proved to be up to the challenge early. Two big buckets from Brent Petway and a three-pointer from John Andrews helped pull Michigan within one (15-14) with just over ten minutes left in the half. After the Boilers gained a little breathing room with a few quick points, another triple, this time from Dion Harris, cut the deficit back to a single point (18-17). Unfortunately for the embattled visitors, they would not get any closer.

David Teague's eight points (including two three-pointers) keyed a 24-9 Purdue run to close the half. That sent the Boilers into the locker room with a 42-26 advantage, and they never looked back.

The game officially got out of hand when Purdue went on an 11-0 run early in the second half to take a commanding 57-31 lead with 13:53 left on the clock. From there the Wolverines never threatened, as the Boilers went on to win 84-55.

On the game Chris Hunter and Graham Brown led the Wolverines with 11 points apiece while Matt Kiefer led the Boilermakers with 21. For the full boxscore, click here.

The Wolverines will attempt to end their four game losing streak Wednesday when the take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Crisler Arena.


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