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No. 15 Purdue pulls away from Michigan

Sunday, March 9, 2008

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- E'Twaun Moore and Keaton Grant each scored 17 points, helping No. 15 Purdue put together a run at the right time to put away Michigan 72-58 Sunday.

The Boilermakers (24-7, 15-3 Big Ten) earned sole possession of second place in the final conference game of the regular season.

They outscored the Wolverines 21-4 after trailing midway through the second half, breaking open what was a close game for 30 minutes.

Robbie Hummel had 11 points for Purdue, which had its best season in a decade by winning 14 of the last 16 games.

DeShawn Sims scored 19 for the Wolverines (9-21, 5-13), Ekpe Udoh had 13 points and Manny Harris added 10 despite being benched for much of the first half.

Purdue took advantage of rival Indiana getting upset at Penn State earlier Sunday, giving the Boilermakers a chance to finish the regular season alone in second -- a game behind Wisconsin -- after losing two of the previous four games.

Michigan started the game strong and didn't trail until there was 6:53 left in the first half. After a series of lead changes, Anthony Wright's 3-pointer put the Wolverines ahead at halftime 31-29.

The Wolverines had another solid start, but crumbled midway through the second half after Harris' 3-pointer gave them a 50-46 lead with 9:49 to go.

Grant's 3-pointer with 7:38 put Purdue ahead for good as part of an eight-point run in a 44-second span that allowed the Boilermakers to coast to an easy victory.



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