March 14, 2009
OSU, Purdue advance in Big Ten tournament
Evan Turner's team-high 18 points led Ohio State's 82-70 upset of sixth-ranked Michigan State Saturday in the Big Ten Conference semifinals in Indianapolis.
OSU led 34-29 at the half, and then widened the margin to 54-41 with 11:24 left following a three-point play by B.J. Mullens and Jeremie Simmons' 3-pointer. From that point, Michigan State trailed by at least 10 points until the end.Kalin Lucas led Michigan State with 17 points and Korie Lucious added 16 points. The Spartans (26-6) have not been to the Big Ten final since winning back-to-back tournament titles in 1999 and 2000.
Ohio State will play in the Big Ten final Sunday against 24th-ranked Purdue, which had 20 points from JaJuan Johnson while beating Illinois 66-56 Saturday in the other Big Ten semifinal game.
Robbie Hummel had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Boilermakers (24-9). This is Purdue's second trip to the final, where the Boilermakers lost to Michigan in 1998.
Dominique Keller had 16 points for Illinois (24-9), which is expected to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.