No. 15 Purdue Dominates Manny-less Michigan

The Michigan basketball team tripped to West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday afternoon to meet No. 15 Purdue at Mackey Arena. DeShawn Sims led Michigan with 21 points, but, with Manny Harris suspended, the Wolverines struggled in a 69-59 loss.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Should Manny Harris make the decision to jump to the NBA following his junior season, the Maize and Blue faithful may have gotten a first glimpse of life after Manny at Mackey Arena Saturday afternoon. It wasn't pretty.

The No. 15-ranked Boilermakers jumped on Manny-less Michigan early and often, Purdue building a 16-point halftime lead on the Wolverines, then coasted through the second half to a 10-point 69-59 win over visiting Michigan.

DeShawn Sims and Zack Novak led the Wolverines on the scoring end with 21 and 16 points, but JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel matched the Michigan production with 21, 19 and 13 points.

During the opened 13 minutes of the contest the Boilermakers jumped to an early 28-16 lead, all 28 points coming from the Boilermakers big three. Not to be out done, Sims, who also led Michigan in rebounds, scored the first 13 Michigan points before a Zack Novak three-ball with 7:38 remaining.

After Purdue's Keaton Grant put the Boilermakers up 32-16 with a pair of free throws at the 6:03 mark the Michigan offense put together its best string of possessions of the half. DeShawn Sims added three more points, plus Stu Douglass and Laval Lucas-Perry scored for the first time of the game. After a lucas-Perry three-point play, the Wolverines trailed just 34-24 with 3:29 in the half.

Purdue would extend the lead though, and entered the half on a 9-3 run.

Out of the break Purdue continued its run and quickly pushed the lead to 27 points. JaJuan Johnson scored the first seven points of the half for Purdue, and John Hart found two in the paint to give the Boilermakers a 59-32 lead with 12:41 left.

A Michigan 9-2 run cut the gap to 61-41 with 9:02 left. Zack Novak scored five, and Darius Morris chipped in with four.

Over the final nine minutes the Wolverines trimmed the lead to 10, but got no closer.

With the loss the Wolverines fall to 10-9 on the season and 3-4 in Big 10 play. Michigan hosts the rival Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday night at Crisler Arena.

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