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Gearlds' 21 provide boost, No. 15 Purdue fends off Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Katie Gearlds scored 21 points and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 19, leading Purdue (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) to a 59-54 victory over Michigan on Thursday night.

Gearlds' 3-pointer with a minute remaining gave Purdue (22-5, 11-2 Big Ten) a 55-50 lead after Wisdom-Hylton had broken a 50-50 tie.

Carly Benson, who led Michigan (10-16, 3-10) with 15 points, drew the Wolverines to within three with a late basket, but FahKara Malone's free throws with 21.7 seconds pushed Purdue's lead back to five. Wisdom-Hylton blocked Benson's 3-point attempt before Gearlds capped the win with two free throws.

Michigan, which led by one at halftime, led 47-45 with 4:03 remaining after Ta'Shia Walker broke a tie with two free throws. But Gearlds and Wisdom-Hylton scored the next four points, giving Purdue a two-point lead. Gearlds, who didn't score for more than 14 minutes in the second half, extended the Boilermakers' lead to 50-47 by making one of two free throws.