Purdue's Defense Shuts Down Michigan in 64-51 Victory

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Purdue battles Michigan - Photo by John Underwood
Purdue battles Michigan – Photo by John Underwood

• Purdue is 2-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2011-12 season and for the fourth time under Matt Painter.
• Purdue snapped a four-game losing streak to Michigan with the win.
• The 51 points allowed by Purdue were the fewest allowed in the series since Feb. 13, 2002, a 79-43 Purdue victory. It was the second-fewest points allowed to the Wolverines since the 1947-48 season.
• The 18.2 second-half field-goal percentage by Michigan was the sixth-lowest by an opponent in a half in school history.
• Purdue’s +22 (44-22) rebound margin was the largest rebound margin against Michigan since Jan. 30, 1960 (+26). The Boilermakers outrebounded Michigan, 26-7, in the second half. Michigan had zero offensive rebounds in the second half.
• Michigan scored just six points in the paint, the fewest allowed in the Matt Painter era.
• The 51 points allowed to Michigan were the fewest against a Big Ten foe since holding Northwestern to 43 points on Feb. 24, 2013, a span of 27 conference games.
• Purdue won back-to-back games when trailing at halftime for the first time since Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013, against William & Mary and Illinois.
• Purdue won back-to-back games when trailing by 10 or more points for the first time since Feb. 10-14, 1998, against Indiana and Illinois.
• Purdue is now 9-0 this year when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
• A.J. Hammons recorded his 11th career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Since the start of Big Ten play last year, Hammons has seven double-doubles in 20 games. Ten of his 11 career double-doubles have come against Big Ten opposition.
• Vince Edwards recorded his first double-figure scoring game since Dec. 2, 2014, against North Carolina State, with 16 points. The Boilermakers are now 5-0 when he scores in double figures.
• Jon Octeus tied a season high with 13 points and has scored in double-figures in four straight games, going 14-of-23 (.609) from the field in that span. He added eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
• Rapheal Davis had seven points, six rebounds and a career-high six assists. He also hounded Caris LeVert into just 2-of-8 shooting, holding him nine points below his scoring average.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Vince Edwards scored 16 points, A.J. Hammons had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Purdue used a stifling defense in the second half Saturday to rally past Michigan 64-51.

The Boilermakers (10-5, 2-0 Big Ten) have won two straight since snapping a three-game losing streak. They also ended a four-game skid against the defending Big Ten champions by completely shutting down Michigan’s shooters.

At one point, the Wolverines (8-6, 1-1) missed 13 consecutive shots during a span of 12:47. The Wolverines finished 4 of 22 from the field in the second half.

Spike Albrecht was the only Wolverine to reach double figures with 17. Michigan’s top scorer, Caris LeVert, had six.

Michigan finished the first half with a 3-point flurry and a 33-25 lead.

But after Zak Irvin’s jumper with 19:11 left gave Michigan a 35-27 cushion, the Boilermakers seized control with an 18-4 spurt before Michigan made another basket.

For the Boilermakers, it was a complete turnaround from what’s been happening recently.

The previous four opponents were averaging 83.0 points and shooting 52.0 percent from the field. So when the Wolverines made 6 of 11 3-pointers in the first half, it looked like it would be more of the same.

Instead, Purdue adjusted by harassing Michigan’s perimeter shooters and putting more pressure on the ball in the second half. It worked.

Hammons’ 17-footer put Purdue in front 38-36 with 14:33 to go.

Derrick Walton Jr. answered with three free throws to give Michigan a brief 39-38 lead.

Edwards answered with the go-ahead layup and Hammons followed that with a three-point play.

After LeVert ended Michigan’s drought with 6:36 to go, Purdue pulled away with an 11-0 run. LeVert entered averaging 15.2 points but was 2 of 8 from the floor.

The Wolverines weren’t just beaten in the second half Saturday – they were dominated. Michigan was outscored 39-18, outrebounded 26-7 and managed only two baskets in the first 18 minutes. It wasn’t the Wolverines’ lowest-scoring game, but it may go down as their worst overall half this season.

Suddenly, the Boilermakers look like the comeback kids. They’ve rallied twice this week from halftime deficits to start 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2011-12.

Purdue Visits No. 4 Wisconsin on Wednesday.

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