Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Purdue Surprises Michigan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Purdue Surprises Michigan

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Glenn Robinson, who scored 37 points, hit a driving jumper with 6.5 seconds to play that lifted ninth-ranked Purdue over No. 3 Michigan 95-94 Sunday. The win moved the Boilermakers into first place in the Big Ten Conference.

Michigan led 94-87 with 1 minute 37 seconds to play, but Matt Waddell hit a 3-pointer with 1:20 to go. Then Robinson pulled the Boilermakers (25-4 overall, 13-4 in the Big Ten) to one behind with a 3-point play with 49 seconds remaining.

Jalen Rose of Michigan (20-6, 12-4) missed a 3-pointer with 35 seconds to play. Ray Jackson grabbed the rebound and Michigan passed the ball around waiting to get fouled. Purdue didn't foul and Rose's pass to Jimmy King went off his hands and out of bounds with 10.5 seconds to go.

Robinson, the nation's leading scorer with a 29.4-point average, took an inbounds pass near midcourt, took two dribbles and then hit the winning shot.

"When they threw the ball away it said 10.5 seconds on the clock and I said I wanted the ball and I would make the shot," he said. "That was all that was in my mind. I was taking the shot regardless. I wasn't passing. If somebody else had been open, I'm sorry. I felt this was my time."

Lincoln High product Cuonzo Martin, who had 21 points for Purdue, had to call a timeout the first time he tried to inbound the ball on the eventual winner.

"For the play we had drawn up they had every angle covered," Martin said. "The ball's going to him regardless. It was just a matter of how we were going to get it to him."

Michigan still had two chances to win, but Dugan Fife missed a 3-pointer Purdue has a half-game lead over Michigan, with a home game against Illinois remaining. Michigan has Penn State at home and Northwestern on the road.

Robinson had 22 points in the first half as the Boilermakers took a 49-47 lead. Michigan was able to slow him down in the second half with Rose covering him, always being helped with a double- or triple-team. …

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