ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Returning to the court after a week off, the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan took down Purdue behind a standout performance by freshman forward Glenn Robinson III, whose father starred for the Boilermakers 20 years ago.
Robinson's 12 points and nine rebounds helped lead the Wolverines to a 68-53 victory Thursday night at Crisler Center.
By avoiding the upset, the Wolverines (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) kept themselves in the running for the nation's No. 1 ranking next week.
Unlike the current No. 1 Duke, which was routed by Miami on Wednesday, Michigan kept its challenger at bay with a combination of layups and 3-pointers, and a lot of everything from Robinson and guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas. The quartet combined for 52 points, with Robinson leading the team in rebounds, and Burke in assists with eight.
Michigan slowly pulled away from the Boilermakers (10-9, 3-3). Purdue, which was seeking a season-best fourth consecutive win, maintained a lead for most of the first half, and early into the second. But a 3-pointer from Robinson, followed by a Burke layup and a put-back by Stauskas gave Michigan a six-point lead, at 46-40, that it wouldn't relinquish.
The Boilermakers were led in scoring by Terone Johnson with 14 points. D.J. Byrd (11 points) and Raphael Davis (10) also reached double figures for Purdue.
Purdue, which led 33-32 at the break, hit 7-of-13 3-point attempts, including three long field goals by senior D.J. Byrd. One of Byrd's connections, from the top of the arc, banked in to allow the Boilermakers to reclaim an advantage in the half's waning minutes.
Byrd paced Purdue with 11 first-half points, followed by starting guards, and brothers, Terone and Ronnie Johnson, with eight and three points, respectively. Raphael Davis also added three points for Purdue.
While Purdue was making the most of its outside opportunities, the Wolverines, who are usually 3-point sharpshooters, found their points easiest to come by inside.
The Wolverines hung close with layup after driving layup, punctuated once by a powerful baseline slam by impressive freshman Glenn Robinson III. Robinson finished the half with six points, and was one of five Michigan players with five or more points in the half. He also grabbed a team-high six rebounds in the half.
NOTES: Michigan shot 3-of-10 from 3-point range in the half, below its normal 41 percent clip. ... For the Wolverines, this was their first game action since beating Minnesota on the road. ... Purdue is trying to extend its winning streak to a season-best four games.