|Michigan advances with overtime win over Purdue|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
For the second time in two weeks, the Wolverines battled Purdue’s big men on Friday afternoon, coming away with an upset victory. Fighting for the opportunity to play in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, the meeting this time was more toughly contested, requiring overtime for the Maize and Blue to claim a 74-70 victory.
Nearly ending it in regulation, Zak Irvin tied the game with four seconds left and a Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman steal could have been for the chance to win, but the game was stopped to check the clock.
The extra session got off to a quiet start, but Irvin once again showed his skill slashing to the basket, scoring the Wolverines’ first four points. It was all about making free throws after that for Michigan as Purdue struggled from long range, making only one of five three-point attempts in overtime.
In a contest that saw 18 lead changes, the Wolverines held their own against Purdue’s impressive inside presence of Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan, outscored in the paint by only a 34-32 margin. That play down low was needed in a game where Michigan shot just 6-of-25 from beyond the arc.
D.J. Wilson led the way for the Maize and Blue with a 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocked in the game. Irvin added 13 points to the scoring effort, with Derrick Walton Jr. scoring 12 and Abdur-Rahkman 10.
Improving to 22-11 on the season, the Wolverines advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament to face Minnesota on Saturday at 1 p.m. eastern from Washington D.C. with television coverage provided by CBS. Michigan fell in its one previous meeting in Minneapolis 83-78 in overtime.