College Basketball

No. 9 Buckeyes beat No. 21 Purdue in OT, make Big Ten semis

Trevion Williams of the Purdue Boilermakers makes a move on E.J. Liddell of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 12, 2021, in Indianapolis. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seth Towns scored six of his season-high 12 points in overtime, helping No. 9 Ohio State beat No. 21 Purdue 87-78 Friday in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

With two wins in two days, the Buckeyes will now face longtime rival and conference regular-season champion No. 4 Michigan in Saturday’s first semifinal game.

Duane Washington Jr. scored 20 points for Ohio State, which led by 18 at halftime.

Trevion Williams finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and five for Purdue.