West Lafayette, IN (WQLR) – It wasn’t a pretty victory but it’s still a win and now the Wolverines are one game away from a share of the Big Ten regular season title for a second consecutive year after defeating Purdue 80-75 on Wednesday night.
Trey Burke had 26 points, including some clutch free throws towards the end of the game, after scoring only four in the first half. Burke has now recorded 15 or more points in every Big Ten game, and is averaging 21.6 over his last 10 games.
Michigan trailed 34-30 at halftime despite leading by 12 with 9:33 left in the half.
Purdue’s largest lead was also at 12, 52-40 with 12:03 left in the second half before Michigan went on 19-6 run to regain the lead at 59-58 with 5:20 left.
Michigan took the lead for a final time 66-64 with 3:04 left after Nik Stauskas sank two free throws. Stauskas finished with 17 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16.
With a win over Indiana on Sunday, Michigan will clinch a share of the Big Ten Title with the Hoosiers, among others depending on the outcome of a few games during the final week of regular season play.
Terone Johnson, Rapheal Davis and Sandi Marcuis scored a combined for 60 of the Boilermakers 75 points.
Purdue outrebounded Michigan 38-25.