Michigan Hoopsters Fizzle Down Stretch

The Michigan basketball team completed the regular season with a 72-58 loss at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor on Sunday afternoon. DeShawn Sims led Michigan scorers with a game-high 19 points, but the Wolverines fell despite holding a lead late into the contest.

ANN ARBOR -- The University of Michigan basketball team completed its regular season schedule with a 72-58 loss at the hands of the No. 15-ranked Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan finished with three players scoring in double digits, including DeShawn Sims game-high 19 points, but the Boilermakers ended the contest on a 26-8 run to ruin Michigan's hopes for a senior night victory.

"You know the 24 turnovers are obviously a huge thing. Probably 12 of them, maybe even more, they caused, and then a few of them we caused ourselves. At the same time, I'm proud of the way we played those first 32 (minutes), but we didn't play so well down the stretch," said Michigan coach John Beilein, who finished just 5-13 in conference play his first season in the Big 10.

"They had a shot, and then we threw the ball way out of bounds, and for some reason Kelvin (Grady) took the ball out of bounds. He never takes the ball out of bounds. It's just these little things we have tendencies to do sometimes and we just need to straighten it out. That was key. I think that took a little bit out of us, but when we got an open shot we missed it, but then they got an open shot and made it. And all of a sudden there's eight points."

Through the first 30 minutes, it was a back-and-forth contest.

Michigan jumped on top 5-0 in the opening minutes with jumpers from Ekpe Udoh and Ron Coleman. After Purdue cut the lead, Anthony Wright re-extended it by adding his first triple of the game to give Michigan a 14-8 advantage with 13 minutes left in the opening half.

DeShawn Sims added a two-point layup, but Purdue tied it again at 16-16 on a pair of free throws from Scott Martin and Chris Kramer.

The teams then continued exchanging baskets until a three-pointer by Anthony Wright with 40 seconds left on the first half clock provided Michigan with a 31-29 lead at the half.

Michigan expanded on that lead as DeShawn Sims opened the half with the first five Michigan points. After an Udoh triple, Sims added another pair of buckets to maintain the lead at 43-39 with 14:55 to go.

Sims added one more bucket before a pair of Zach Gibson free throws and a three-ball from Manny Harris, but that was all the Wolverines would get as Purdue pulled away over the final seven minutes of the contest.

Keaton Grant sparked the Purdue run with three consecutive made triples to bury the Maize and Blue. Michigan got just eight more points on a triple from C.J. Lee and five points from Manny Harris.

With the loss, the Wolverines conclude the regular season with a record of 9-21. Michigan will open the Big 10 Tournament in the No. 8/9 match up against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tip-off is scheduled for noon Thursday on the Big 10 Network.

Big 10 Tournament Schedule
Game 1 - #9 Michigan vs. #8 Iowa
Game 2 - #10 Illinois vs. #7 Penn State
Game 3 - #11 Northwestern vs. #6 Minnesota

Game 4 - Game 1 Winner vs. #1 Wisconsin
Game 5 - #5 Ohio State vs. #4 Michigan State
Game 6 - Game 2 Winner vs. #2 Purdue
Game 7 - Game 3 Winner vs. #3 Indiana

Game 8 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 9 - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner

Game 10 - Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner

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