West Lafayette, IN – The Purdue Boilermakers continued their winning ways in conference play beating the Michigan Wolverines 64-51. Purdue held Michigan to four field goals on 18 percent shooting in the second half to erase an eight point halftime deficit. Coupled with their tough defense the Boilermakers doubled up the Wolverines on the boards 44-22. Purdue completely controlled the second half of this game leading by as many as 14 taking advantage of their size inside and allowing no easy shots.
Junior center A.J. Hammons led the way for Purdue with 15 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. This evening was his second double double of the year. Hammons looked engaged and alert on both ends on the floor. He was decisive in the post tonight taking advantage of Michigan’s lack of size inside. This is exactly the performance that Hammons needs to consistently put together to prove he belongs in the NBA. The other half of the Boilermaker twin towers, freshman Issac Haas battled foul trouble the entire evening only registering nine minutes of play tonight and four fouls. Also contributing heavily tonight for Purdue were senior guard Jon Octeus with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals and freshman forward Vince Edwards with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
For the Wolverines it was a tough day all around. Michigan’s big three (Caris LeVert, Zak Irvin, and Derrick Walton Jr.) combined for a brutal 6-of-29 shooting. LeVert struggled with his decision making and in dealing with Purdue’s pressure all night. LeVert’s bright spot of the evening came on the defensive end. He moved his feet and engaged his man very well. Sophomore Irvin attacked the basket aggressively with a quick first step; however, he couldn’t seem to get a lay up to fall. Junior guard Spike Albrecht did manage to put together a solid performance with 17 points, two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Albrecht is a knock down shooter who runs Michigan’s offense to perfection; continuously making great decisions with the basketball. Unfortunately tonight, Albrecht was one of the only positives for the Wolverines.
Purdue will look to stay undefeated in Big Ten play Wednesday when they visit conference favorite Wisconsin. Michigan will look to get back on track Tuesday when they travel to Happy Valley to take on Penn State.
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