No. 5 Purdue Tops Michigan in Classic
Jan. 09, 2018

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• Purdue improved to 16-2 with a 70-69 win over Michigan on Tuesday ... it was Purdue's first win in the Crisler Center since Feb. 25, 2012 ... Purdue's highly-regarded Senior class has now won in all Big Ten arenas but two (Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the State Farm Center).
• Purdue's 16-2 start is the second-best 18-game start in school history behind the 1987-88 squad (17-1) ... Purdue has started 16-2 (or better) five times, including this year, in school history.
• Purdue's 5-0 Big Ten start is the program's best league start since starting 8-0 during the 1989-90 season.
• Purdue is now 5-0 away from Mackey Arena ... all five of its wins (Marquette, Arizona, Maryland, Butler, Michigan) came against teams that made the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
• Since the start of last season, Purdue is now 21-4 against teams from Indiana and bordering states.
• Purdue trailed for 2 minutes, 10 seconds tonight ... during Purdue's 12-game win streak, it has trailed for just 25 minutes, 59 seconds of a possible 480 minutes, and just against three foes in the second half (Louisville, Northwestern, Michigan).
• Purdue has held nine straight opponents under 70 points ... Purdue is 13-0 this year when holding foes under 70 points.
• Purdue has won 18 straight games on Tuesday, dating to Jan. 21, 2014.
• Purdue has won 23 straight games when leading at halftime.
• Purdue's last two victories by one point have come on free throws in the final four seconds of games (Carsen Edwards vs. Maryland last year; Isaac Haas vs. Michigan this year).
• Purdue is 55-of-118 (.466) from 3-point range in the last five games after going 12-of-21 (.571) against Michigan ... Purdue is shooting 41.6 percent from deep as a team and has five players shooting at least 36.9 percent from long range.
• Purdue is 69-19 (.784) overall since the start of the 2015-16 season, ranking eighth nationally in Division I victories during that time.
• Dating to last year, Purdue has won four straight "true" road games, all coming against NCAA Tournament teams (Northwestern - 2017; Marquette, Butler, Michigan) ... since the start of last year, Purdue is 9-4 in "true" road games.
• Purdue has won seven straight Big Ten regular-season games dating to last year.
Matt Painter won his 149th conference game during his career (132 in the Big Ten; 17 in the Missouri Valley Conference).
Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 19 points ... in two career games at the Crisler Center, Edwards is 14-of-28 from the field and 8-of-12 from 3-point range for 37 points in 54 minutes ... Purdue is 28-4 during his career when he scores in double-figures.
Isaac Haas scored 17 points, surpassing 1,300 career points in the process ... Haas blocked his 100th career shot in the victory.
Dakota Mathias tallied 14 points and four assists ... he became the sixth player in school history with 200 career 3-pointers (now with 201) ... Mathias has made a 3-pointer in 24 straight games, the third-longest streak in school history.
Vincent Edwards scored 10 points with five rebounds and five assists ... he surpassed 350 career assists in the victory ... Purdue is 58-13 during his career when he scores 10 or more points.
P.J. Thompson is 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the last two games ... he is shooting 50.7 percent (34-of-67) from 3-point range this year.
Nojel Eastern had four points, five rebounds and one assist in just 12 minutes of action.
Grady Eifert had four rebounds in seven minutes off the bench.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Isaac Haas made only 55 percent of his free throws as a freshman.

Now a senior, the Purdue big man is a lot more reliable - and when he drew a foul in the final seconds of a tie game, the 7-foot-2 Haas was confident.

''What goes through your head is all those times you practiced,'' Haas said. ''It was just natural for me. I knew once I got fouled, I was going to make at least one.''

Haas made a go-ahead free throw with four seconds remaining and No. 5 Purdue remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 70-69 victory over Michigan on Tuesday night.

The Boilermakers (16-2, 5-0) have won 12 in a row, while the Wolverines had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Purdue is 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1989-90.

The clutch shot by Haas was part of a tense sequence in which the Boilermakers were given the ball after a long replay review. It initially appeared the Wolverines would be the team with a chance to win the game with the shot clock turned off.

A tight, back-and-forth second half came to a standstill in the final seconds when Michigan's Charles Matthews lost the ball while driving to the basket. Possession was originally awarded to the Wolverines (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), but after the review, officials changed the call and gave it to Purdue with 6.2 seconds left.

''I really was convinced we had a play set up, we were going to win the game,'' Michigan coach John Beilein said. ''And all of a sudden they're winning the game.''

Michigan had a foul to give and used it with 4.8 seconds to play, but the Boilermakers, who were out of timeouts, were able to get the ball well into the frontcourt before the foul. Purdue then inbounded from the sideline near its bench. The ball went to Haas in the post, and Michigan's Moe Wagner reached around from behind to knock it away.

The whistle blew, a foul was called on Wagner, and Haas made the front end of a one-and-one to give Purdue the lead. He missed the second free throw, Michigan rushed the ball up the court and Matthews took a desperation shot just after crossing midcourt that hit the rim but missed.

Zavier Simpson led Michigan with 15 points. Haas scored 17 for Purdue, and Carsen Edwards added 19.


It was a well-played, entertaining game that will be remembered largely for the two big calls near the end. When Matthews drove, Purdue's Dakota Mathias appeared to reach in and hit the ball from behind, but Matthews' right hand might have remained in contact with the ball long enough that he would have been the last one to touch it.

It took a while to find out the resolution.

''I asked them why it was taking so long,'' Beilein said. ''I said, if it was taking so long, it must not be indisputable.''

Wagner had been called earlier in the game for reaching over a defender and trying to knock the ball away. On the play at the end, he tried something similar, but appeared to have his right arm around Haas' waist, and the call went against him.


Purdue made its first five 3-point attempts and led 27-14. The Boilermakers finished 12 of 21 from beyond the arc, but Michigan shot 10 for 22 and nearly pulled off a comeback win.


Purdue: The Boilermakers have to be considered contenders to win the league title, despite Michigan State's impressive play so far. This was one of Purdue's toughest remaining games, and the Boilermakers pulled it out.

''I thought they had the momentum in the last four minutes of the game,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said. ''We were answering them. They weren't answering us.''

Michigan: The Wolverines stuck with Purdue on a night when the Boilermakers shot well from the perimeter, and Michigan freshmen Isaiah Livers and Jordan Poole continued to show progress, combining for 18 points.


Purdue: The Boilermakers play at Minnesota on Saturday.

Michigan: The Wolverines play their only scheduled game this season against their biggest in-state rival, at No. 4 Michigan State on Saturday.




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