Green’s Day: Purdue stuns No. 22 Michigan
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) – Marcus Green scored a career-high 23
points and three other Purdue players finished in double figures as the
Boilermakers stunned No. 22 Michigan, 84-70, at Mackey Arena.
Green ended 9-of-13 from the floor and buried four first-half three-pointers
for Purdue (9-14, 3-9 Big Ten), which entered the day in the Big Ten basement
and had lost five of six coming in.
Marcus White added 15 points while Chris Lutz and Gary Ware each had 14 in the
win. The Boilermakers shot 61 percent overall for the game and handed the
reeling Wolverines (16-6, 6-5) their third straight defeat.
Ron Coleman had 18 points and seven rebounds while Chris Hunter finished with
16 points for Michigan, which played without two key players in Dion Harris
and Lester Abram. Both were out with ankle injuries.
Green was unstoppable in the first half, as the freshman knocked down 7-of-8
shots — including 4-of-5 from three-point range — for 18 points as the
Boilermakers took a commanding 47-27 lead into the break. As a team Purdue
shot a scorching 66 percent from the field over the opening 20 minutes.
Back-to-back baskets by White keyed a 6-0 spurt that gave the Boilermakers an
early 15-7 advantage, and Purdue maintained an eight-point cushion until
embarking on a 10-2 run to break the game open.
Bryant Dillon’s three-pointer with 6:24 left in the half started the burst and
Green netted the next five points to give the hosts a 35-21 lead with under
five minutes to go.
Green kept pouring it on before the intermission, draining a pair of three-
pointers plus a jumper in the final 1:32 of the half to send Purdue into the
locker room with a 20-point bulge.
Michigan continued to struggle on both ends during the second half, and the
Boilermakers’ lead got as high as 26 points, 70-44, with seven minutes to go.
The Wolverines shot just 35.3 percent for the game.
Michigan had won five straight Big Ten games before recent losses to ranked
teams Iowa and Ohio State…Harris is averaging 12.1 points per game this
season while Abram is scoring at an 11.5 clip…Purdue has taken four of the
last five meetings between the schools in West Lafayette…Michigan recorded a
68-65 win over the Boilers in Ann Arbor back on January 7.