Michigan falls 67-49 at Purdue

The Michigan basketball team fell to 4-6 in Big 10 play with a 67-49 road loss to the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. Manny Harris was held to just five points before being ejected for a flagrant foul just minutes into the second half. U-M is now just 4-6 in Big 10 play.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Michigan basketball team fell to 4-6 in Big 10 play with a 67-49 road loss to the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon.

Up a point at halftime, the Wolverines struggled mightily offensively throughout the second half. Manny Harris, the Wolverines leading scorer on the season, was ejected for a flagrant foul elbow call with 18:28 left in the second half, and the Wolverines scored just 20 points over the remainder of the contest.

Ahead 29-27 at the time of the Harris ejection, a 17-5 Purdue run over the next eight minutes provided Purdue with a comfortable 42-34 lead.

DeShawn Sims added two Michigan points to temporarily end the Purdue run, but another 10-0 Boilermakers run stretched the Purdue lead to 18 points with just eight minutes left on the clock.

A pair of Marcus Green free throws stretched the Purdue lead to as much as 20 points. It ended as an 18-point difference on the scoreboard.

Michigan opened the contest struggling offensively as well. A pair of DeShawn Sims triples generated Michigan's lone field goals over the first 10 minutes of the contest.

A gritty defensive performance, however, kept the visiting Wolverines in the game.

An 11-2 Michigan run over the next two minutes gave Michigan its biggest lead of the contest, a 17-13 lead with 8:15 left in the opening half.

Jevohn Shepherd, who finished with 10 Michigan points connected from deep to start the run, and Zack Gibson, David Merritt and C.J. Lee also made offensive contributions.

Back-to-back three's by Purdue's E'Twuan Moore and Chris Kramer put Purdue back up 23-20, but a pair of free throws from Kelvin Grady, a two point baseline jumper from Manny Harris and a tip-in at the buzzer from Zack Gibson gave Michigan the 26-25 halftime lead.

In the 18-point loss the Wolverines shooting woes continued. As a team, the Wolverines shot just 36% from the floor, and under 30% from behind the arc.

Michigan's next basketball game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday night as the Wolverines host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

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