March 15, 2009
Purdue wins the Big Ten Tournament
E'Twaun Moore's 17 points and four rebounds Sunday led Purdue to a 65-61 win over Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference title at Indianapolis.
Purdue had to rally back from a 30-25 halftime deficit against the upstart and young Buckeyes, who learned after the loss they would not be going to the NCAA Tournament.
JaJuan Johnson scored 16 with four rebounds, while Robbie Hummel added nine points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Boilermakers (25-9), who were playing in the title game for the first time since the conference started playing a tournament in 1998.
Evan Turner led OSU with 22 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Jon Diebler and William Buford scored 15 points apiece for the Boilermakers (22-10), who qualified for the final after upsetting top-seeded Michigan State in Saturday's semifinals.