U-M Boils Purdue

Daniel Horton was scorching in the first half, and LaVell Blanchard in the second as Michigan led by 13 at the break and won by 11, 78-67, to stun Purdue on the Boiler's home court in the Battle for the Big Ten lead.

Horton torched Purdue for 21 first half points and the Boilers were cold from the field as Michigan steadily built a lead to go into the locker room at the half leading 42-29.

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In the second half Michigan got into foul trouble (Blanchard, junior forward Bernard Robinson, freshman guard Lester Abram, and frosh centers Chris Hunter and Graham Brown all picked up their third early-on, and Blanchard and Robinson adding a fourth as well) and Purdue was hitting their free throws (they were 23 of 24 before missing their last five) to close to within four, 54-40, at the nine minute mark. But then Blanchard, who'd turned his ankle in the first half and was hobbled throughout, got hot. He hit two quick three-pointers (Horton hit another) and added another two-pointer to lead the Wolverines back up to 67-57 at the 4:30 mark. And from there Michigan cruised home, handing Purdue their first home loss of the season.

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Horton finished the game with a season-high 31 points. Blanchard added 20, 13 in the second half. And Robinson and Abram each had 13 points.

Michigan is now 9-3 in the Big Ten and 16-9 overall. Wisconsin also has three losses going into their game tonight. Michigan's next game -- a week from tonight at Wisconsin.

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