ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Zak Irvin scored 22 points and Michigan scored the game’s final 11 points to beat No. 18 Purdue 61-56 on Saturday.
The Wolverines (19-7, 9-4 Big Ten) overcame an awful stretch of shooting in the second half, rallying late behind Irvin and Derrick Walton. Irvin’s jumper from near the free throw line put Michigan up 57-56 with just over a minute remaining, and it was Purdue (20-6, 8-5) that suddenly couldn’t score down the stretch.
Caleb Swanigan missed from inside for the Boilermakers, and after Michigan’s Mark Donnal missed a 3-point attempt, Purdue’s Ryan Cline missed a 3 of his own.
Walton’s two free throws with 15.8 seconds remaining made it 59-56, and with the Boilermakers trying for a quick two points, Vince Edwards missed.