Peedi, Manny Keep Michigan's Dance Card Open

The Michigan basketball team played in a critical late season contest against No. 16 Purdue on Thursday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines won 87-78 in their last home game of the season. DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris led the Wolverines with 29 and 27 points respectively.

ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan basketball team used a strong second half start after jumping on top 37-34 at the break to pick up a much needed win over No. 16 Purdue on Thursday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

Michigan got 29 and 27 points from DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris and held on late for the critical 87-78 win.

A triple each from senior C.J. Lee and freshman Stu Douglass opened the scoring in the decisive stanza as Michigan surged to its biggest lead at the time, a 10-point margin with 14:54 to play.

DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris each contributed to the run with three points each.

Purdue rallied, though, to get back in the game over the over the next two minutes. A 7-0 run ignited by an old fashioned three-point play from Keaton Grant pulled Purdue back within three.

Harris ended the run, though, with a triple, a defensive rebound and an assist on a feed to DeShawn Sims for a foul line jumper to re-establish the Michigan lead. Harris then added one more point from the free throw line with 9:16 to play to make it 64-55.

Michigan continued its surge and built a 16 point lead with just 4:36 to play. DeShawn Sims continued his hot shooting, including improving to 13-of-16 from the field at one point, as his inside presence continued to bother Purdue.

Sims added a pair of layups and a triple and Zack Novak and C.J. Lee scored on a pair of layups as well as Michigan built its insurmountable lead.

Purdue trimmed the lead to 10 points with just under two minutes to play, and cut it to just 79-71 with 1:16. Kelvin Grady then went to the line for the Wolverines, though, and hit a pair to bring the lead back to 10.

Struggling to hit free throws down the stretch Purdue got within six with 27.8 seconds to go, but Michigan eventually put the game out of reach from the charity stripe.

In the opening half the two teams battled back and forth with Michigan edging out to the 37-34 halftime lead. The lead changed hands nine times over the opening 20 minutes of play.

DeShawn Sims opened the scored with a layup on Michigan's first possession, but Purdue answered with a surge to an early 7-3 lead. JaJuan Johnson and Chris Kramer connected on five of six free throws sandwiched around a Robbie Hummel jumper to ignite the Boilermakers run.

The Wolverines Detroit connection answered. Sims scored, again in the paint, and Manny Harris answered with his first triple of the game to put Michigan back on top.

Hummel scored eight straight points, back-to-back triples and a layup to put Purdue up 15-11 around a Zack Gibson layup with 11:11 left in the half.

Jevohn Shepherd cut the lead to a point with his first field goal, a three pointer from the left corner. Laval Lucas-Perry then hit one-of-two from the line to again tie the score, this time 15-15 with 9:39 to go.

Two more Lucas-Perry free throws and a Sims layup re-established Michigan's lead at 19-16. Hummel answered with three free throws to force yet another tie.

Over the final seven minutes Michigan surged to its three-point halftime lead.

Manny Harris scored nine points, five of which came from the free throw line as Michigan pulled in front. Sims added six more points as well, and both Harris and Sims finished with a dozen points each in the half.

Stu Douglass also connected on a transition triple to key the run.

Purdue's Hummel finished with 16 points in the first half, including 3-of-6 shooting from behind the arc.

With the win the Wolverines improve to 18-11 on the season and 8-8 in Big 10 play. The Wolverines final two regular season games of the season are both on the road, the first coming Sunday afternoon in Madison, Wis. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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