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Traylor were victims of that talent.
Between the two of them, Traylor's two
second-half free throws were the lone
attempts at the charity stripe for the
Michigan big men.
With Cardinal and Purdue center
f Brad Miller literally laying into him all
night, Baston's post play fell off dra-
matically. The majority of his 14 points
came on second-chance dunks or off
"It was really physical in the paint,"
Purdue guard Jaraan Cornell said.
"When Miller was out of the game,
Cardinal stepped up."
After a tight game throughout the sec-
Qnd half, the final four minutes proved
crucial and Michigan's inability to reach
the free throw line was of sever conse-
quence. Cardinal, who finished 7-of-10
from the free throw line, outshot the
Wolverines by himself. Michigan
reached the line just eight times - for
the entire game.
The primary reason that Michigan
falls behind in games is its a lack of hus-
tle and smart decisions. It's Jerod Ward
not diving for a loose ball, Brandon
Smith, in the few minutes he plays, mak-
ing his move before he receives the pass,
and Travis Conlan saving the ball under
his own net. It's relentless Purdue pene-
tration -- opportunities Michigan pro-
vides by playing the perimeter tight.
And it's the extra effort in and out of
the paint that Cardinal provides -_ and
The closest player Michigan has to
Cardinal is freshman Josh Asselin, and
playing only 15 minutes, his production
is limited. A few second-chance tips and
five rebounds shows Asselin has the
skills, but playing time remains distant
with Ward starting in the third forward
But sometimes the intangibles are
easy to forget. In the tunnel at halftime
with Michigan leading 41-37 -
someone in the crowd suggested a dou-
ble-digit lead for Michigan "if they did-
n't have so many turnovers."
Purdue, certainly a team with extraor-
dinary talent, made the most of
Michigan's 23 miscues - especially
down the stretch.
A victory for Michigan was as neces-
sary as a glass of water on a hot summer
day. And the Wolverines needed the vic-
tory to remain close in the Big Ten race.
But championship teams maintain leads
in the second half, and Michigan has
given them away, losing the second half'
contest last night by I 1 points.
"This was a big game," Cardinal said.
"And we only play it once."
Traylor all banged upn
Robert Traylor's impressive stats - 17 points and 7 boards - could not help the
Wolverines upend the Boilermakers last night.
By James Goldstein
and Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writers
Michigan shot over 50 percent, outre-
bounded the Boilermakers by 11 (40-29)
and held Purdue's All America candidate
and 3-point sharpshooter Chad Austin to
On any ordinary night, those would be
statistics that would put another "W" in
the win column.
the ball over, and
over and over -23
times to be exact,
worst team turnover
total of the season.
coughed the ball up 27 times against
Detroit on Nov. 30 and 24 times against
Western Michigan in their opening game
of the season on Nov. 15.
"You're not going to beat a good team
if you have 23 turnovers," Michigan
guard Travis Conlan said.
Maceo Baston had the worst butter fin-
gers, turning the ball over six times.
Brandon Smith, in just seven minutes of
action, coughed the ball up four times.
Conlan, Robbie Reid and Jerod Ward had
three turnovers apiece.
Robert Traylor had just two giveaways
but looked winded for parts of the game
- a problem many of the Wolverines
experienced because of the
Boilermakers' constant pressuring
"We got a little lackadaisical at times,
Traylor said. "They got some steals up top
that led to easy baskets."
TRACTOR JACK-KNIFED: It's been a
tough stretch for Robert Traylor - a bro-
ken nose, the flu and now a bad back, not
to mention the six feet and eight inches
totaling 300 pounds of human flesh he
must carry around in the first place.
Hampered by remnants of the flu,
Traylor added another ache to his body
Who: No. 16 Iowa
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. EST
yesterday night when his back tightened
late in the second half.
"It was kind of tiring because it was up-
and-down basketball," Traylor said.
"With about six or seven minutes left my
back tightened up."
Traylor finished the game with 17
points and seven rebounds.
The Wolverines' co-captain broke his
nose on Jan. 17 against Ohio State bef
contracting the flu before the lllin
game in Champaign on Jan. 25. Traylor
wore a protective mask over his nose to
start the Minnesota game on Jan. 20, but
the mask lasted all of one Michigan pos-
session before Traylor removed and flung
it toward the Wolverines' bench.
FG FT REB
MIN M A A 0-T A F PTS
Cornell 32 10-15 4-4 1.2 3 1
Cardinal 36 5-11 7-10 2-6 1 3
Miller 28 6-10 7-9 4-8 4 3 1
Austin 36 6-15 3.3 2-2 1 0 15
Eidridge 33 2-5 0-0 2-4 7 0 5
Barnes 1 0-0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0
McQuay 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Mayfield 10 0-1 0-0 1-0 0 3 0
Robinson 12 1-7 0-0 3-0 0 1 2
Totals 200 3166 21-2617-29 16 12 89
FG%: .470. FT%: .808. 3-point FG: 6-20, .300
(Cornell 4-8. Cardinal 1-2, Eldridge 1-3, Mayfield 0-
1, Robinson 01, Austin 0-5). Blocks: 1 (Miller).
Steals: 13 (Cornell 4, Cardinal 3, Austin 3,
Eldridge 3, Apreem Mouken 27). Technical Fouls: 0
FG FT REB
MIN M-A * A QT A F PTS
Baston 32 7-12 0-0 5-8 3 4
Ward 24 6-15 1-2 7-10 3 2
Traylor 32 8.13 12 4-7 4 4 17
Reid 24 1-4 0-0 0-3 4 3 3
Bullock 33 6-13 3-3 0-2 0 1 18
Conlan 33 3-6 0-0 1-4 3 2 8
Asselin 15 4461-1 35 0 3 9
Smith 7 00 0-0 00 0 0 0
Totals 200 35-69 6.8 21-40 1719 82
FG%:.507. FT%:.750 3-point FG: 6 20, .300.
(Conlan 2.4. Bullock 3.9, Reid 1-3, Ward 0.4, T.
Arimah 17-83). Blocks: 7 (Traylor 4, Baston,
Asselin, Smith). Steals: 9 (Ward 3, Conlan 3,
Traylor 2, Asselin). Technical Fouls: 0.
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