Purdue beats MI to extend win streak to 16

With four conference losses already Michigan will need some major help to contend for a conference crown.	 Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With four conference losses already Michigan will need some major help to contend for a conference crown. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The offensive fireworks were on full display at Mackey Arena Thursday night. Isaac Haas, who was a tough matchup for MI in the post due to his size at 7-foot-2, added 24 points, six rebounds, three blocks and a career-high three assists, and Carsen Edwards added 13 points for the Boilermakers (20-2, 9-0 Big Ten).

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored a career-high 26 points for No. 25 MI (17-6, 6-4 Big Ten), which shot 60.3 percent (35-for-58) from the field but allowed Purdue to shoot 62 percent (31-for-50).

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored a game-high 26 points to lead four Wolverines in double figures, with Moritz Wagner adding 15 points and four rebounds and Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson 10 points apiece.

After showing its resolve and hanging close throughout the first half, MI made eight of its first 10 shots to open the second half and used a 10-2 run to take a 52-51 lead over Purdue with 16:03 remaining. Purdue answered with a 9-0 run to take a 74-68 lead, and pushed its advantage to 79-70 before MI called timeout with 5:19 left.

That kicked off a furious back-and-forth as Purdue and MI traded blows and the lead 12 times over the next 5-plus minutes, the last coming on an Abdur-Rahkman 3-pointer to give MI a 65-63 lead with 10:36 left.

MI finally started to string together stops on defense and Wagner rattled off five straight points on a 3-pointer and driving layup to make it 79-75 with 4:03 remaining.

The Wolverines got to within 3 on another Abdur-Rahkman triple with 31 seconds left, but Purdue made 11-of-12 free throws in the final 80 seconds to seal the victory. It was Matt Painter's turn to call timeout, and Michigan's next three possessions, which included two turnovers, failed to generate anything.

Unlike the first matchup, MI was patient in its offensive sets from the start and took a 12-8 lead with 13:50 left in the first half behind five points from Abdur-Rahkman on a 3-pointer and driving layup.

Haas scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Purdue hit 11-of-20 3s. His second, third, and fourth triples gave MI leads, including 68-65 with 9:38 left.

The spurt started after MI allowed an offensive rebound on a missed free throw that led to a Vincent Edwards 3-pointer before a Wagner turnover turned into a Haas layup on the other end.

MI stemmed the tide with a jumper by Wagner and a steal and three-point play by Simpson to cut the deficit to 31-27 with 4:33 left in the half. Trailing 41-36 at the half, MI (17-6, 6-4) got rolling offensively early in the second half to erase the deficit.

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