Wolverines open Big Ten play with win over Purdue
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Michigan’s early season string of tough challenges continues to be met with impressive responses. Coming off a big win over North Carolina, the Wolverines were thrust into Big Ten play on Saturday, playing host to No. 19 Purdue. Never trailing in the game, the Maize and Blue jumped out to a commanding lead in the first half, cruising to a 76-57 victory.

The Wolverines suffered little pushback from their conference foe for most of the day, but gave up a 10-2 run in the latter portion of the second half, seeing their advantage slip to 12 points. Similar to the meeting with UNC though, when things got close, Michigan responded. Jon Teske hit a pair of free throws, then a three pointer, followed by a three pointer by Jordan Poole.

That answer from U-M took only a minute and a half, erasing the nearly eight minute stretch in which the Boilermakers cut into the lead.

Poole and Teske factored significantly into the Wolverines’ success throughout the game, with Poole leading the team with 21 points and Teske scoring 17. Iggy Brazdeikis added 12 points to the offensive effort, while Zavier Simpson scored 10 and had seven assists.

Michigan will travel to Northwestern on Tuesday, facing off against the Wildcats at 7 p.m. eastern on Big Ten Network. The Wolverines will play four more non-conference games during the month of December, resume regular Big Ten play on January 3 against Penn State.

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