Boilers spurned again by Purdue legacy

Glenn Robinson III brought pain to his father's alma mater, a familiar trend for Purdue.

WEST LAFAYETTE - In the frustrating moments Wednesday night after 16th-ranked Michigan rallied from a 19-point deficit to stun reeling Purdue 77-76 in overtime in Mackey Arena, a Twitter follower sent me a message that sums up the moment perfectly.

"What next? Drew Brees' kid goes to Notre Dame and passes for 400 yards and four TDs to beat Purdue," the follower wrote.

Of course, the frustrated Purdue fan was making reference to the fact that Glenn Robinson III - son of former Boilermaker All-American Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson - scored on a layup at the buzzer in overtime for Michigan to give the Big Ten leaders a huge come from behind victory.

Big Dog's son finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and made a great play to get to the rim after Michigan guard Caris LeVert inbounded the ball from in front of the Wolverine bench over the outstretched fingers of Boilermaker defender Rapheal Davis.

Robinson caught the ball in the opposite corner from the Michigan bench and made a play that special players are supposed to make.

This comes six days after Gary Harris scored 25 points for Michigan State in a 94-79 victory against the Boilermakers in Mackey. Harris is the son of former Purdue women's basketball team All-American Joy Holmes-Harris and Purdue graduate Gary Harris, Sr.

Holmes-Harris was the Purdue women's program's first All-American (1990-91).

Robinson's son graduated from Lake Central High School and was recruited by Purdue. Harris graduated from Hamilton Southeastern and was recruited by Matt Painter as well.

Within a week, each has thrown gasoline on a fire, highlighting that Purdue is missing out on legacies it needs to get.

Same in football. Bob Griese's son Brian selected Michigan, and Gregg Eifert's son selected Notre Dame. Each played or is playing in the NFL.

The one legacy Purdue has landed recently - Kendall Stephens, the son of former Boilermaker guard Everette Stephens - is going to be a terrific player, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 12.2 seconds remaining in overtime when Purdue was leading by a point. if he makes two, Michigan would have needed a 3-pointer to force a second overtime.

By the way, it was the first free throw Purdue missed all night, making its first 17.

Instead of the signature victory Purdue has been seeking all season, the night ended in bitter defeat, thanks to the offspring of one of the two or three best players in Purdue history.

Purdue now is 15-13, 5-10 in the Big Ten and has lost eight of its 10 most recent games. Up next are trips to Iowa and Wisconsin, which means there is a good chance the Boilermakers will have slipped to 15-15 when they play Northwestern on Senior Day, which is March 9.

Beginning with an NCAA tournament loss to Kansas in Robbie Hummel's final game (2012), Purdue is 31-32.

The record certainly would be much better had Robinson III and Harris landed in West Lafayette instead of Ann Arbor and East Lansing.

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