The Purdue Boilermakers (16-3, 4-3 Big Ten), led by JaJuan Johnson rolled past the Michigan Wolverines (10-9, 3-4 Big Ten) Saturday winning 69-59. Johnson led the Boilers in scoring by dropping in 21 on 9-17 shooting. This is the Boilers second win after the three game losing streak.
The Big Ten’s leading scorer, Manny Harris, was suspended for what was described by the Wolverine’s coach John Beilein as an act of unsportsmanlike conduct during practice on Friday.
With Harris out of the game the Wolverines DeShawn Sims tried to pick up the slack scoring the Wolverines first 13 points to lead the Wolverines to an 11-10 lead early in the first half.
The Boilermakers answered right back with a 16-2 run that really opened the game up. The run was sparked by Johnson who dropped in eight points, and Moore who also added six during the big run.
The Boilermakers led by big at the half 43-27. The second half started just like the first ended, Johnson scored nine of the Boilers first 12 second half points and the Boilers lead was extended to 59-32 about midway through the second half.
After that big run the Boilers went cold and didn’t make another shot until almost 3 minutes left in the game. Two Three-pointers by the Wolverines late cut the lead to 11, but with only one minute remaining there wasn’t enough time to mount a comeback.
During the post game press conference Boilermaker Head Coach Matt Painter expressed his concerns about the Boilers not closing the Wolverines early in the second half.
“There’s huge concern for us after we get a lead to how we play the game,” he explained. “When we get a lead at time we don’t have our head in the game.”
The Boilermakers big three showed up big in this conference match up, Robbie Hummel had 13 points and seven rebounds and E’twaun Moore added 19 points and six assists.
The Boilermakers will try to avenge their first loss of the season Thursday as the welcome to Badgers of Wisconsin to Mackey Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
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