Morgan lifts Michigan over PurdueJan 25, 2012 - 4:16 AM
Lewis Jackson's heave just inside the midcourt line at the buzzer was off the mark.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 points while Morgan and Stu Douglass finished with 12 points apiece for the Wolverines (16-5, 6-2 Big Ten), who bounced back after Saturday's 66-64 loss at Arkansas.
"We were very fortunate to beat a good Purdue team, a team that's only had one loss at home and we had to make a lot of adjustments today," Michigan head coach John Beilein said.
Jackson finished with 17 points and eight assists while Robbie Hummel netted 16 points with six assists and five rebounds for Purdue (14-7, 4-4), which closed the game by missing its last six shots from the field. The Boilermakers have lost two straight and four of six.
Jackson nailed two free throws to give Purdue a 64-63 lead with 1:56 to go.
From the right wing, Stu Douglas strongly drove inside the paint and hit a cutting Morgan along the left baseline with a bounce pass. Morgan then went up strong and his two-handed dunk almost pulled the entire basket down, giving Michigan a 65-64 lead with 1:31 left.
Terone Johnson had a chance to tie following a Hardaway foul, but he missed the front end of the one-and-one.
Following a turnover by Morgan with 48 seconds left, the Boilermakers had two fine looks from beyond the arc to take the lead, but neither shot went down.
Ryne Smith's three-pointer from the right corner didn't fall, but he got his own rebound after a scramble for the loose ball. Hummel then had a wide-open three-point look from the top of the key, but his jumper was too strong.
Evan Smotrycz made 1-of-2 from the line on the other end, and Jackson's last- second heave bounced off the backboard.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Novak and Douglas highlighted a 10-0 Michigan run as the Wolverines led 14-5 with 11:47 remaining in the first half.
"We need to do a better job of starting games and just getting off on the right track," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said.
The Boilermakers slowly chipped away at the deficit and Hummel's layup with two seconds left made it a 30-28 game af the half. Hummel netted the last seven points of the stanza for Purdue.
As Purdue endured a 6:01 field-goal drought to begin the second half, Michigan went on a 11-3 surge to push its lead to double-figures for the first time in the game, 41-31, with 16:37 to play. Hardway had seven points during the spurt.
Hummel finally snapped Purdue's drought with a three-pointer. His field goal was the start of a a 17-3 Purdue run, which gave the home team a 51-47 lead with under eight minutes to go.
Michigan snapped a six-game losing streak in West Lafayette...The Wolverines shot 6-of-14 from beyond the arc compared to Purdue, which was 9- of-26...Michigan outrebounded Purdue 30-23.
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