If you are a fan of tightly contested games between two Big Ten Basketball powerhouses, Purdue and Michigan was the game for you on Tuesday night. Riding an 11-game win streak and recently ranked number 5 in the country, Purdue came into the contest with high expectations and didn’t disappoint. Only the Michigan fans felt this way because they expected a win, but they did not know what kind of team they were facing in Purdue.
The first half started out very well for both sides with a competitive game. Purdue found Isaac Haas down low with more opportunities thus contributing to a big first half, scoring eight of the Boilers first thirteen points. Up by 3 points with 14:04 left in the half, Purdue took their first big step on offense and defense compiling a 14-4 scoring run extending their lead to 13 with 8:29 left before the break. Their lead would stretch as high as fourteen before Michigan had a chance to respond. The Wolverines being a solid team would cut the deficit down to two points with 2:23 left in the half, but Purdue prevailed. The Boilermakers would knock down their next three shot attempts, stretching the lead back out to nine with 46 seconds left before halftime. With a late field goal from Michigan, Purdue led 39-32 at the break. Odds are just about everyone was pleased with Purdue’s first-half performance, with three players finishing in double-figure scoring. The trio of Dakota Mathias, Isaac Haas, and Carsen Edwards combined for 36-of-39 points.
The second half just like the first one was very exciting to watch. Michigan really contested Purdue for the first 13 minutes eventually tying it at 58-58 with 7:29 left in the game right before all the excitement took place. Down by three points with under five minutes left, Purdue clawed their way back tying the game at 69-69. After a series of unfortunate possessions from each side, the entire ball game came down to the final thirty seconds.
It was the Boilers ball with 31 seconds left when Carsen Edwards missed a jumper that actually turned out well for Purdue. Michigan used up plenty of time and when they looked to attempt a possible go-ahead shot, the most unusual thing happened. Dakota Mathias attempted to steal the ball with six seconds left and it deflected off his hands out of bounds. That was the original ruling from the officials. After an extensive review, it was determined after the ball left Mathias’ fingers, it was still touching Charles Matthews meaning Purdue ball.
At first in the process, it was said to be clearly Michigan’s ball. After replaying the deflection multiple times, it was then determined it was likely last touched by Matthews. Then the ruling came out and it surprised everyone because it was the right call, but we did not know what way it would go. Michigan had a foul to give at the time and they used. On the next inbounds pass, Isaac Haas was fouled which put Purdue in the bonus. Haas came through on the first one, but the second rolled out. The Wolverines did not have a timeout and missed a long shot three-pointer consequently leading to Purdue’s victory.
Purdue’s Individual Player Performances
Carsen Edwards – 19 points (7-14 FG, 4-6 3PT, 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 30 minutes
Isaac Haas – 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-4 FT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 26 minutes
Dakota Mathias – 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3PT), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 35 minutes
Vince Edwards – 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-2 3PT, 0-1 FT), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 33 minutes
Points: Purdue 70, Michigan 69
FG%: Purdue 27-57 (47.4%), Michigan 26-58 (44.8%)
3P%: Purdue 12-21 (57.1%), Michigan 10-22 (45.5%)
FT%: Purdue 4-7 (57.1%), Michigan 7-11 (63.6%)
Rebounds: Purdue 29, Michigan 36
Assists: Purdue 14, Michigan 9
Steals: Purdue 5, Michigan 2
Blocks: Purdue 3, Michigan 2
Purdue will have another Big Ten road game test when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers Saturday afternoon at 12:00 PM Eastern on ESPN2.
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