‘That one hurts’: Purdue gets late breaks to edge Michigan

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Freshman forward talks about the upcoming game against Michigan State and frustrating finish in Tuesday’s 70-69 loss.
James Hawkins, The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Michigan had a chance to legitimize itself as a Big Ten contender and give its March resume a serious boost.

The opportunity slipped away in the final seconds against No. 5 Purdue.

Michigan rallied from a 14-point deficit only to have a critical turnover and foul lead to a tiebreaking free throw by Isaac Haas with four seconds left in a 70-69 loss Tuesday night at Crisler Center.

Zavier Simpson had 15 points and Charles Matthews added 14 but had a desperation 3-pointer rim out as time expired for Michigan (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), which saw its seven-game winning streak end.

BOX SCORE: Purdue 70, Michigan 69

“That one hurts,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “That was a great opportunity for us to beat a really good basketball team. You go from the height of emotions of having the ball with 25

Article source: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/2018/01/09/michigan-loses-wire-despite-big-comeback/109317084/

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