Boilers Beat Hobbled Hoopsters, 84-70

Lester Abram - out with ankle injury. Dion Harris - ditto. Jarret Smith - out with mono. Brent Petway -- hobbled with sore ribs. Daniel Horton -- out in second half with leg injury. The "Walking Wounded" Wolverines fall at Purdue, 84-70.

With both Lester Abram and Dion Harris out with ankle injuries, and Jarret Smith out with mononucleosis as well, and with Brent Petway hampered with sore ribs, the Wolverines had a miserable first half, with Daniel Horton going 2-7 and scoring only 6 points, Courtney Sims taking just one shot, and consequently with only Chris Hunter being an offensive force, going 4-8 and scoring 10 points total. Michigan's no. 2 guard on the floor with Horton most of the half -- walk-on Hayes Groom. And double-digit first-half Wolverine turnovers were the result.

Meanwhile, Purdue shot 66% in first half three pointers (led by Marcus Green's 4-6 and 18 points overall) to fuel opening stanza runs of 7-0 and 8-0 (twice) to open a 20 point half-time lead. The Boilermakes broke open an 8-7 game with seven straight points to go up, 15-7. Then after the teams traded baskets for four minutes to make it 27-19, the Boilers went on a 8-0 run to go up by 16, 35-19. After Michigan closed slightly to 14, 39-25, the Boilers made yet another 8-0 run to make it 45-25. The half ended 47-27.

In the first four minutes of the second half U-M closed the deficit to 16, 51-35 at the 16:00 mark. Then at the 15 minute mark, with the score still 51-35, Daniel Horton went to the locker-room with a leg injury as well. And Purdue opened their lead back up to 26, 63-37 at the 11:00 mark.

Then Horton came back in. But with Michigan was shooting just over 30% for the half, at the 6:35 mark the Purdue lead was still 23, 70-47. And Horton sat down for the rest of the game.

Michigan it closed to 20, 70-50 at the 6:00 mark, to 16, 75-59, with 4:20 left, and to 15, 77-62, at the 2:50 mark, and to 13, 79-66, at the 2:08 mark. But without guards Horton/Abram/Harris/Smith, Michigan didn't have enough, and the Boilers held on to win it by 14, 84-70.

Chris Hunter led the Wolverines with 16 points, an Ronald Coleman added 13. The Wolverines shot only 38% for the game. Michigan has now lost three in a row, and falls to 6-5 in the Big Ten and 16-6 overall.

The Wolverines' next action is at home Wednesday night, where hopefully Minnesota (2-7, 11-9) can help them come back to better health again.


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