Jae'Sean Tate and Marc Loving each scored 13 points — and Loving also had 10 rebounds — as Ohio State beat visiting Michigan 76-66 on Tuesday night.
The Buckeyes (17-10, 9-5 Big Ten) led nearly the whole way in a game they likely needed to win to keep alive hopes of receiving an NCAA tournament at-large bid next month.
Mark Donnal scored 17 points to lead Michigan, which had a two-game winning streak stopped. Zak Irvin added 15 points for the Wolverines (19-8, 9-5), while Derrick Walton Jr. had 13 and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had nine.
Ohio State shot 54 percent from the field while holding the Wolverines to 39 percent.
Michigan struggled to find the range from beyond the arc, going 5-for-24.
The Buckeyes stretched their lead to 14 points eight minutes into the second half. Michigan scored seven in a row to cut the deficit in half, but Loving connected from three-point range to put the Buckeyes back on top 55-45.
• Former Buckeye Evan Turner was on hand for a halftime ceremony in which his No. 21 jersey was raised to the rafters. Turner was the National Player of the Year in 2010.
No. 17 Purdue 71, Northwestern 61: A.J. Hammons had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Johnny Hill added a season-high 15 points to lead the Boilermakers (21-6, 9-5) past the visiting Wildcats (17-10, 5-9).
"We had to stick with what we were doing and keep pounding the basketball inside, keep making them make a decision on what to do once the ball goes inside," Purdue coach Painter said. "I thought our guys did a good job at grinding out the victory."
The Boilermakers have not lost consecutive games this season.
Tre Demps led Northwestern with 16 points and Bryant McIntosh added 14 points and four assists. The Wildcats have lost seven of nine overall and five consecutive on the road.