The Michigan Wolverines (19-10, 9-7) upset the No. 14 Purdue Boilermakers (23-6, 12-4) beating them 82-70 in their final home game of the season on Saturday afternoon.
Moritz Wagner put up 24 points and three rebounds in the win. Derrick Walton Jr. put up 17 points of his own as well as 10 rebounds, his third double-double this season.
Saturday was also Senior Day for the maize and blue. Among those honored during pregame ceremonies were Derrick Walton Jr., Zak Irvin, Andrew Dakich, Mark Donnal and Sean Lonergan.
Both teams established a strong presence in the paint early in the contest scoring four points each in the first ten minutes. However, the Boilermakers couldn’t shoot as well from other parts of the floor which the Wolverines used to take a commanding 45-30 lead into halftime. Moritz Wagner exploded for 22 points in the first half, the most by a Michigan Wolverine in the first half since Daniel Horton scored 24 against Bowling Green on December 11, 2002.
In the second half, both teams struggled to make shots outside of the paint. In fact, for the first ten minutes, only one basket was made outside of the paint; a Zak Irvin jumper with 15:07 left. Later on as Michigan took their starters off the floor, younger players began to step up while the team as a whole continued to shoot well from all parts of the court.
Purdue did cut the deficit to six with 2:17 left thanks to a 10-0 run and an 8-0 run later on, but Derrick Walton Jr. would put the game on ice with a three-point jumper on the next possession.
The maize and blue shot 54.5% from field-goal range, 42.3% from three-point range and 100% on free throws. The win is also a huge boost for Michigan’s NCAA Tournament hopes as they acquire their fourth win against a top 50 team and their third in the last six games.
The Wolverines return to action this Wednesday, March 1 as they travel to face the Northwestern Wildcats at 7 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network.