College men's basketball: Michigan, Purdue reach Big Ten final
Junior forward Moritz Wagner scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half and also grabbed eight rebounds as No. 15 Michigan defeated No. 2 Michigan State 75-64 on Saturday in the Big Ten tournament semifinals at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and sophomore guard Zavier Simpson also scored 15 points as the fifth-seeded Wolverines (27-7) won their eighth consecutive game. Senior forward Duncan Robinson added 13 points and junior guard Charles Matthews had 12 as Michigan halted the Spartans' 13-game winning streak.
Sophomore forward Miles Bridges had 17 points and seven rebounds before fouling out for the top-seeded Spartans (29-4). Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 13 points and sophomore guard Cassius Winston added 11.
Michigan will face third-seeded Purdue in today's title game. The Wolverines won the tourney last year.
Michigan shot a torrid 66.7 percent from the field in the second half to finish at 44.7 percent while beating Michigan State for the second time this season. The Spartans shot 38.1 percent.
The Wolverines trailed by three at the break but started strong in the second half. After Michigan State held a four-point lead, Wagner made three baskets to end a 9-0 spurt as Michigan took a 36-31 lead with 15:42 remaining.
The Wolverines protected their advantage but the Spartans pulled within 50-47 on a 3-pointer by Bridges with 8:28 remaining. Abdur-Rahkman and Simpson then converted layups to give Michigan a seven-point lead with 7:16 to play.
Wagner hit two free throws to give the Wolverines a 59-51 edge with 3:49 remaining. But junior guard Matt McQuaid hit two 3-pointers in a 74-second span as the Spartans pulled within 63-57 with 2:07 left.
Michigan fought off the charge and led 69-59 after Robinson's basket with 1:10 to play before closing it out.
No. 8 Purdue 78, Penn State 70
Carsen Edwards scored 27 points as the Boilermakers booked a spot in the Big Ten tournament championship game.
Edwards, who totaled 27 in Purdue's three-point win over Penn State on Feb. 18, reached double figures for the 16th straight game. The sophomore guard hit 9 of 18 shots and tied a season high by sinking six 3-pointers.
The second-seeded Boilermakers (28-5) won their fifth straight game and will face fifth-seeded Michigan in the title game today. Purdue won both meetings by a combined five points in January.
The Boilermakers won their only conference tournament by beating Ohio State in 2009.
Isaac Haas added 17 points as Purdue shot 52 percent and also made 11 of 21 3-pointers. Dakota Mathias chipped in 15 for Purdue.
Penn State's Shep Garner led all scorers with a career-high 33 points. After beating Northwestern and Ohio State in its first two tournament games, the Nittany Lions shot a season-worst 33.9 percent from the field.
Lamar Stevens added 14 but Tony Carr struggled most of the game. Carr missed his first six shots, was 4-for-18 from the field and finished with 12 points.