Recap: Michigan beats Purdue to win second straight Big Ten tournament title
Michigan avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Purdue on Sunday, and in the process, captured its second straight Big Ten tournament championship.
The Wolverines got 17 points from Mo Wagner and a huge game from his backup, Jon Teske, who scored 14 in a 75-66 victory for Michigan at Madison Square Garden. Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman added 15 points for the Wolverines while Zavier Simpson scored 10 and had five assists.
Michigan (28-7) becomes just the third team in conference history to win the tournament in back-to-back seasons, joining Michigan State (1999-2000) and Ohio State (2010-11).
The Wolverines now away Selectin Sunday a week from now to see how much the run in New York – which included wins over Iowa, Nebraska and Michigan State – will help their NCAA Tournament resume.
Isaac Haas scored 23 for Purdue (28-6) and Nojel Eastern scored 10, but Michigan effectively contained both Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards. Carsen Edwards scored 12 points but shot just 4-for-15 and Vincent Edwards scored only four points. Dakota Mathias and Nojel Eastern each scored 11 for the Boilermakers.
Big Ten title minutes away for UM
It’s just a matter of running out the clock at this point as Michigan is less than four minutes away from the Big Ten tournament championship.
Jon Teske had a dunk over Isaac Haas to get the crowd roaring and Duncan Robinson had a block at the other end as the Wolverines held a 68-52 lead with just 3:32 left in the game.
Michigan in control late vs. Purdue
Michigan is beginning to seize control of the game and is now less than eight minutes from winning its second straight Big Ten tournament championship.
The Wolverines have extended their lead to 62-47 with 7:52 to play after a triple from Charles Matthews.
Michigan has now made eight 3-pointers but it has been just as effective at the other end, limiting Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards to just 12 total points.
UM hitting threes, in control vs. Purdue
The threes keep falling as the Wolverines have made three straight, including the last two to open a 56-42 lead on Purdue.
However, the Boilermakers answered with a bucket from Nojel Eastern and Wagner then committed his third foul with 11:04 to play and the Wolverines up, 56-44.
Michigan is 4-for-8 from 3-point range in the second half and continues to play good defense, forcing eight turnovers so far for Purdue. Wagner is leading all scorers with 17.
UM extends second-half lead on Purdue
Michigan has come out firing in the second half, pushing its advantage to 48-37 with 15:50 to play after two straight 3-poitners from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson.
Isaac Haas has scored all four Purdue points, but the Wolverines are making it tough for him and the Boilermakers haven’t given him much help so far in the second half.
The Boilermakers have turned the ball over three times in the first five minutes of the half, which the Wolverines have turned into eight points. For the game, Michigan has scored 11 points off seven Purdue turnovers.
Halftime: Michigan 38, Purdue 33
Sophomore Jon Teske had a huge first half for Michigan to give the Wolverines a 38-33 lead over Purdue at halftime of the Big Ten tournament championship game at Madison Square Garden.
Teske scored 12 points, just three short of his career-high, grabbed a rebound and blocked a shot as he led all scorers. Teske got in early as Mo Wagner picked up a quick foul, though Wagner still scored seven in the first half, including the last four for the Wolverines.
Michigan shot just 3-for-11 from 3-point range and was outrebounded but didn’t turn the ball over.
Isaac Haas scored 11 to lead Purdue, which held a 20-13 advantage on the glass, including 7-2 in offensive rebounds. However, the Boilermakers didn’t shoot well early, making just 2 of 8 from 3-point range.
Teske carrying UM late in first half
The triples started falling for Purdue as two straight from Carsen Edwards and P.J. Thompson pulled the Boilermakers within one point with 3:39 to play in the half.
However, the Wolverines answered as sophomore Jon Teske continues to play well. He scored four straight, the last on a mid-range jumper to give Michigan a 34-29 lead with 2:30 to play. Teske has 12 points. Carsen Edwards answered with a drive to the hoop and a layup to make it, 34-31, in favor of Michigan with 1:49 left in the half.
Michigan going cold, Purdue within three
Michigan opened its biggest lead at 22-15, but Purdue has come back with layups from Carsen Edwards and Isaac Haas to trim it to 22-19 with 7:34 left in the first half.
The Wolverines have missed six of their last seven shots, including three straight 3-pointers.
They’re now just 3-for-9 from 3-point range, though the Boilermakers have yet to make a shot from long range.
Michigan maintains first-half lead
Michigan is spreading around the offense as six players have already got their name in the box score. Purdue has been a bit limited to Isaac Haas, but a spark off the bench from Nojel Eastern, who scored four straight, has the Boilermakers within five with 11:55 left in the half.
Mo Wagner is checking back in after going to the bench with his first foul at 17:58.
Michigan jumps out quickly on Purdue
held the early advantage in a battle of the big men in the title game of the Big Ten tournament, even as Mo Wagner headed to the bench with his first foul less than two minutes into the game.
Purdue took advantage as Isaac Haas scored the first seven points for the Boilermakers, but the Wolverines responded with six points from Jon Teske as Michigan took a 9-7 lead. It expanded that advantage to 16-9 after a layup from Isaiah Livers and a 3-pointer from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman that forced a Purdue timeout with 13:51 left in the first half.
Michigan shooting for second straight title
Michigan goes for its second consecutive Big Ten tournament championship in a 4:30 p.m. game Sunday against Purdue in New York.
Follow the action here throughout the game with live updates from Madison Square Garden by Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News.
MICHIGAN VS. PURDUE
Tip-off: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Madison Square Garden, New York
TV/radio: CBS/WJR 760, WWJ 950
Records: Michigan 27-7; Purdue 28-5