Hoops Rally Falls Short; U-M Loses Again

The Michigan basketball team fell to 0-2 in Big 10 play with a 65-58 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. Freshman Manny Harris set a new career high with 25 points and sophomore DeShawn Sims added 15 to lead the Michigan scorers. U-M now sits 4-10 on the season.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Michigan basketball team dropped its second straight Big 10 contest, and fourth overall, when for the second time this week the Maize and Blue were unable to overcome a sluggish first half, this time coming in a 65-58 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Freshman guard Manny Harris set a new career high with 25 points for U-M.

Shooting just 29.2% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, the Wolverines found themselves trailing by double-digits at the break for the second time this week.

After a pair of buckets from DeShawn Sims and a third from Ron Coleman in the opening minutes, of the contest, Purdue went on top for the first and last time just over four minutes into the first half. Chris Kramer connected on his second field goal of the game with 15:54 left in the half to give Purdue the lead at 7-6.

E'Twaun Moore added a pair of field goals to stretch the lead to five points before Michigan would score again, this time coming on Jevohn Shepherd's first basket of the game. His basket made it 11-8 near seven minutes in.

Manny Harris added his first basket of the game minutes later to bring the Wolverines within one point, but that's as close as the Wolverines would get.

JaJuan Johnson added an old-fashioned three-point play plus a field goal to stretch the lead to six points again before a pair of Manny Harris free throws made it 16-12.

Following the free throws, the Boilermakers went on an 18-8 run over the final seven minutes of the half to pull out to a 34-20 lead. Harris led the Wolverines scorers with 10 points, five from the free throw line over the first 20 minutes.

In the opening five minutes of the second half the Wolverines climbed back within 2 points at 36-34 with 15:59 left in the contest.

Michigan opened the half with an 8-0 run behind two from Sims, two from C.J. Lee, and four from Harris. After Purdue's first basket of the half, a pair of DeShawn Sims triples brought Michigan within two.

The teams exchanged baskets over the middle part of the half, but Robbie Hummel drained a long ball to give Purdue a comfortable eight point lead at 48-40 with 7:06 to go.

Michigan would get as close as three points in the final minutes, but Purdue put the Wolverines away at the free throw line where they finished the game 16-of-21.

Michigan's next chance for a Big 10 win is when the Maize and Blue host No. 11 Indiana on Tuesday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 for a game to be televised on ESPN.

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