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NEW YORK -- Behind 17 points from junior Moritz Wagner and 14 points off the bench from sophomore Jon Teske, the fifth-seeded University of Michigan men's basketball team capped off its fourth win in four days for the second year in a row and finished off its quest for back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles with a 75-66 victory over third-seeded Purdue on Sunday (March 4) inside Madison Square Garden.

Following the game, Wagner was named the Most Outstanding Player. He was joined on the All-Tournament Team by senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who added 15 points. Sophomore Zavier Simpson chipped in 10 points and played another game of lockdown defense as this time he held Purdue's All-Big Ten guard Carsen Edwards to just 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Michigan got its revenge on Sunday after it dropped both regular-season matchups to Purdue, and limited a hot-shooting Boilermaker team to just 23 percent from three-point range and protected the ball with just five turnovers. The Wolverines were efficient on offense, as they shot 50 percent from the floor and registered 18 assists on 26 made baskets.


Michigan jumped out to a quick 16-9 lead behind the big men. Wagner got the scoring started with a three-pointer, but quickly exited after picking up an early foul guarding Purdue big man Isaac Hass. Teske came in and provided instant offense; he converted two looks at the rim and hitting two free throws. A layup from freshman Isaiah Livers in transition, a three-pointer from Abdur-Rahkman and a layup high off the glass from Simpson forced a Purdue timeout for the game's first break.

The Wolverines were up seven, 30-23, on a Simpson layup before back-to-back three-pointers from Purdue cut the lead to one. But Teske answered often with jumpers on back-to-back possessions, both off the pick-and-roll.

Michigan continued to take advantage of Purdue's help defense, as Matthews and Simpson each found Wagner underneath the basket for easy buckets in the half's final moments. The Wolverines led 38-33 at the break.

Simpson was active and involved coming out of the locker room, converting a layup and dishing out two assists prior to the first media timeout. After Purdue cut the lead to three, the Wolverines took advantage of a few Boilermaker turnovers and went on a game-changing 8-0 run; a steal by Wagner led to a three-pointer in transition from Abdur-Rahkman, who was trailing the play. On the next possession, Robinson jumped in a passing lane, stole the ball and quickly threw and outlet pass to Abdur-Rahkman. Simpson was behind the play this time and Abdur-Rahkman found him for a three-pointer to put Michigan up, 48-37, and force a Purdue timeout.

After three-pointer by Dakota Mathias got Purdue within eight, Wagner answered right back with a three of his own. Then with three seconds on the shot clock on the next possession, Wagner took the inbounds pass in the corner, wheeled around and nailed another three with a hand in his face, which gave the Wolverines their largest lead.

Michigan extended its lead to 18 points, 66-48, with 6:02 left behind a Teske slam dunk over Hass. Its defense tightened up, too, to hold Purdue without a field goal for a seven-minute stretch and limited them to just six free throws.

Purdue hung around, getting to within 10 with 2:48 to play. But Abdur-Rahkman, like he did yesterday against Michigan State, beat the shot clock with a huge bucket, maintaining the double-digit lead. The Boilermakers went on one last run and had a chance to trim the lead to five, but Simpson was there again, bodying up Edwards on a layup attempt to prevent them from getting any closer. Two more free throws from Abdur-Rahkman on the other end sealed the game and the celebration was on.

The Wolverines will now wait a week to hear their name called for the NCAA Tournament, as the Selection Show will air next Sunday (March 11) at 6 p.m. on TBS. The First Four will be held March 13-14, with first-round games held March 15-16.

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