Isaac Haas made 1-of-2 free throws and a desperation heave from Matthews fell short. It's the way he's refined and remade himself from an abysmal 54.7 percent shooter as a freshman to an effective 78.5 percent shooter as a senior.
Deep breath. One dribble.
"I work against somebody who's 7-3 and is taller than me and is known for blocking shots", Haas said of teammate Matt Haarms.
Wagner tried to go through Haas to contest the ball and was called for the foul. And then the Wolverines should be resolved to avoid the type of mistakes that cost them, as the Boilermakers pulled out a 70-69 thriller Tuesday night at Crisler Center.
The Boilermakers (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten Conference) have won 12 games in a row and are 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1989-90. The Kentucky transfer sat out last season when the Wolverines won both meetings last season. Now, they're down to two.
"It was meant to go to Dakota in the corner first, but Matthews denied it", Edwards said. "It was a great opportunity for us to beat a really, really good basketball team". That's what top teams do.
A lot of exciting basketball throughout the Big Ten this week. Purdue's P.J. Thompson cut him off, and Matthews' forced 30-footer from the sideline bounced off the rim. But in a game decided by such a slim margin, there were so many moments that mattered. Vincent Edwards recorded his seventh double-double in the win with 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was the third dunk of the half for Livers, who added a three-pointer as well.
It was part grit.
"You're in that moment so you might as well ask, and they'll go and look for it, Painter said". But also part chess match. In its last time out, Purdue defeated Nebraska 74-62 in West Lafayette. Senior forward Isaac Haas does most of his damage inside as he is shooting 64.3 percent from the field and averaging 14.7 points per game.
This time, Painter opted to switch five ways on ball screens in an attempt to limit Wagner on the perimeter. Poole scored two more points to cap the run with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Painter later said he prefers not to foul in that situation, because any subsequent accidental foul sends the opponent to the line. He destroyed us a year ago. Still, I'm going to take Purdue for the cover here. "I watched that movie". In that one, Michigan's Mortiz Wagner put up 14 points.
It wasn't necessarily a back-and-forth game as much as it was a game that Purdue punched, MI answered, Purdue punched, MI answered. MI now ranks 38th in offensive efficiency and Purdue is eighth in defensive efficiency. Carsen Edwards took the inbounds pass and raced upcourt.
He scored eight points in the final six minutes alone and shot 4-for-6 from deep to finish with a team-high 19 points.
MI coach John Beilein called a timeout when he saw how Purdue initially lined up.
At that point, Haas knew the ball would come to him. "They were going to have their runs". The score was tied at 69.
Then in the closing seconds, Matthews drove the left lane perhaps a few ticks too soon, and got the ball knocked away by Dakota Mathias. Initially, the crew ruled the ball out off of Mathias.
However, after a lengthy review, it was given to Purdue. "It was guessing. I had no idea".