ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It wasn’t pretty, but Michigan found a way to beat Purdue today with toughness. As U-M defeated the Boilermakers 61-56, led by Zak Irvin’s game-high 22 points, with 16 of them coming in the second half.
-How did Michigan win with toughness? Well, despite being over match physically by the larger Purdue frontcourt, U-M outrebounded the Boilermakers 39-35.
-U-M, which is known for its outside shooting, struggled collectively. The Wolverines shot 36.4 percent from the field, and shot 5-of-20 form 3s, good for a 25 percent rate.
-Caris LeVert, who missed the past 11 games with a lower leg injury, came off the bench in the first half. He played 11 minutes, finishing with zero points on 0-1 shooting and five rebounds.
-With the win, Michigan (19-7, 9-5) now has NCAA resume boosting wins against Maryland, Purdue, Texas and NC State, and also boasts four Big Ten road victories this season.
-U-M next plays at rival Ohio State this Tuesday at 7 p.m.