The Purdue Boilermakers had struggled defending the three-point shot in recent weeks, and early in Saturday evening's versus visiting Michigan, the Wolverines took advantage. After Dion Harris scored the game's first points on a jumper, Ronald Coleman drilled a couple of triples on the next two possessions to help Michigan sprint out to an early 8-2 lead. Those fortunes soon went south, however, as the inside-out combo of Carl Landry and David Teague went to work for the Boilermakers.
Landry was the first to make his presence felt, drawing two quick fouls on Courtney Sims, sending the Massachusetts native to the bench at the 16:34 mark. Sims' absence only made life easier for the Purdue postman. Landry scored five quick points (including an and-one) and Teague added a three pointer to key a 9-0 run that put the home team out front 11-8. Harris finally stopped the bleeding with a triple of his own to knot the score at 11, but it wasn't enough to break Michigan out of its slump.
The defensive pressure by the Boilermakers disrupted the Wolverines offense and forced them into 10 first half turnovers. That helped limit the visitors to only three field goals over the next 12 minutes, including a seven minute span without a single bucket. Matt Painter's club outscored Michigan 31-16 to close the half and held a 42-27 at intermission.
When the Wolverines emerged from the locker room, their sense of urgency was obvious Harris again got the Maize & Blue started on the right foot, this time nailing a three pointer for the half's first points. Minutes later, two straight buckets by Courtney Sims capped off a 13-4 run that had Michigan within striking distance, down 46-40 with 14:15 remaining. Unfortunately for Tommy Amaker, that's as close as his club would get.
A Landry bucket started an 8-2 Purdue run that pushed the home team's lead back to double figures. Michigan fought back with a Lester Abram triple to make the score 52-43 lead at the 11:53 mark, but the Wolverines could not sustain an attack. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers found their groove, outscoring the visitors 15-5 over the next 10 minutes to grab a 19 point lead before holding on for the 67-53 victory.
Dion Harris finished as the only Wolverine in double figures with 21 points on 7/14 shooting. Purdue's senior duo of David Teague and Carl Landry finished with 21 and 22 points respectively. For the full Boxscore, click here.
The Wolverines (14-4, 2-1 Big Ten) next take the court Wednesday night at Crisler Arena to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. Tip-off is scheduled for 8PM.