WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Keaton Grant scored 17 points and Purdue held off Michigan's second-half comeback 65-58 Saturday for its first win in a Big Ten opener in five years.
The Boilermakers (10-4, 1-0) led by 14 points at halftime, but freshman Manny Harris led a big comeback for the Wolverines (4-10, 0-2), who closed within 56-53 with less than a minute remaining.
Purdue then scored its final nine points on free throws, including four straight by Scott Martin and two by Grant, whose other 15 points came on 3-pointers.
Grant's two free throws gave Purdue a 60-55 lead, then Martin stole the ball and hit two more from the foul line to put the game out of reach.
Purdue took its early lead by holding the Wolverines without a field goal for almost 10 minutes during one stretch of the first half, building their lead to as many as 14 points with a flurry of 3-point baskets just before halftime.
A basket by Harris with 12:32 left in the opening period was the final field goal for the Wolverines until Zack Gibson scored with 2:55 left before the break. The only Michigan points during that stretch were on five free throws by Harris as Purdue began pulling away.
One of the Big Ten's worst 3-point shooting teams, the Boilermakers nevertheless scored their final five baskets of the first half from long range, including three straight by Grant for a 31-17 lead with two minutes remaining.
Harris then hit Michigan's only 3-pointer of the period, but Purdue sub Marcus Green countered with just his third 3-pointer of the season and first in the past five games for a 34-20 lead at the break.
The victory was Purdue's first in a conference opener since an 82-68 win over Northwestern in 2003
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