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No. 15 Michigan tops No. 8 Purdue to win Big Ten tournament

By Reuters | Mar 05, 2018

 

Moritz Wagner scored 17 points and reserve Jon Teske added 14 on Sunday as No. 15 Michigan repeated as Big Ten tournament champion with a 75-66 defeat of No. 8 Purdue at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The fifth-seeded Wolverines (28-7) earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and could be a top-four seed when the brackets are unveiled next Sunday night. The third-seeded Boilermakers (28-6) should also earn a top-four seed as an at-large team.

Isaac Haas paced Purdue with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, while Dakota Mathias and reserve Nojel Eastern added 11 each. But first-team All-Big Ten guard Carsen Edwards struggled, hitting just 4 of 16 shots from the field and scoring only 12.

After escaping Iowa in overtime on Thursday, Michigan rolled through two top-10 teams in the semifinals (No. 2 Michigan State) and final. The Wolverines led for all but 2:17 of this one, pulling away in the second half as they held Purdue to 45.5 percent shooting from the field.

No. 10 Cincinnati 62, No. 11 Wichita State 61

Junior guard Jacob Evans recorded 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Bearcats clinched the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a victory over the Shockers in Wichita, Kan.

Senior forward Kyle Washington contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bearcats (27-4, 16-2 AAC). Sophomore guard Jarron Cumberland added 11 points, and senior forward Gary Clark had 10.

The Shockers (24-6, 14-4) had three attempts to make the decisive basket and came up empty on each occasion as their seven-game winning streak came to an end. Landry Shamet had his shot rejected by Clark with 9.3 seconds left, senior guard Conner Frankamp was off the mark with a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left and senior forward Darral Willis Jr. missed the putback as time expired.

No. 25 Houston 81, UConn 71

Rob Gray led all scorers with 30 points to help the Cougars complete their perfect season at home against the visiting Huskies in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Houston (24-6, 14-4 AAC) went 15-0 at Texas Southern University’s Health and Physical Education Arena, where the Cougars played their home games during the 2017-18 season as Hofheinz Pavilion underwent renovation.

Jalen Adams scored 22 points and Terry Larrier added 19 points and seven rebounds for Connecticut (14-17, 7-11). The Huskies went 0-8 against AP Top 25 ranked opponents this season and ended the year 4-10 after three straight wins in early January.

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