Isaac Haas and Vincent Edwards led No. 3 Purdue (20-2, 9-0) to its NCAA-best 16th straight win on Thursday beating the No. 25 Michigan Wolverines (17-6, 6-4) in a 92-88 shootout.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the maize and blue with 26 points and went 6-for-9 for from three-point range. Charles Matthews led with six assists.
The win was a Purdue’s second against Michigan this season. They last beat the Wolverines back on Jan. 9 on the road 70-69.
Haas got things started by scoring 11 of the team’s first 19 points. Most of which came on layups where only one defender was on him.
Nonetheless, Michigan persisted and even had a 20-19 lead with 9:36 left in the first half. However, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards would go on a hot streak which included a three-point jumper to put the Boilermakers up 41-36 going into halftime.
In the second half, the maize and blue’s offense began to light up as they scored on their first eight possessions. At the 12-minute mark, they had a 60-58 lead.
After leading 68-65 with 9:41 left, Purdue went on a 9-0 run to take a 74-68 lead. The Wolverines attempted a comeback in the final three minutes, but it wasn’t enough to upend the Boilermakers.
The Wolverines failed to make a free throw in the second half.
The maize and blue return to action Monday, Jan. 29 when they host the Northwestern Wildcats.