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Wagner leads Michigan over No. 14 Purdue 82-70

Moe Wagner is becoming a fan favorite at Michigan — and the type of sharp-shooting big man the Wolverines haven't always had.

Wagner scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half, outplaying everyone on Purdue's vaunted front line and leading Michigan to an 82-70 victory over the 14th-ranked Boilermakers on Saturday. The 6-foot-11 Wagner went 10 of 15 from the field and made four 3-pointers.

"He is so loved by his teammates," said coach John Beilein, who moved within one victory of tying Johnny Orr's school record of 209. "He doesn't have a bad word to say about anybody. He is so caring for his teammates — got a high level of empathy for every one of them, and...