Wolverines fall in controversial close finish
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Trailing by as many as 14 points against No. 5 Purdue on Tuesday evening, the Wolverines battled back to claim a lead late, but were unable to close out the game, coming up on the wrong side of a pair of calls in the closing seconds.

With the score tied at 69, Charles Matthews drove to the basket in an attempt to take the lead, but was stripped from behind, and possibly fouled, though no call was made. Refs initially ruled that it was Michigan’s ball on the out of bounds, but after a lengthy review, possession was switched to the visiting team.

Moments later, after a Zavier Simpson foul, Moritz Wagner was called while attempting to break up the in-bounds pass, putting Purdue in the bonus and sending Isaac Haas to the line. The Boilermakers’ big man made his first attempt and missed the second, giving Purdue a 70-69 victory.

Simpson led the way for Michigan offensively, scoring 15 points, including a back-to-back pair of three pointers that tied the game and gave the Wolverines their first lead. Charles Matthews scored 14 points, while Wagner added 11 and Isaiah Livers came off the bench to score 10.

Falling to 14-4 on the season, Michigan will travel to East Lansing on Saturday, taking on the Spartans at noon eastern with television coverage provided by Fox.

Check out post-game video below from the Wolverines’ loss to Purdue.


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