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

Ohio State basketball

With two wins in two days, the Buckeyes will now face long-time rival and conference regular-season champion No. 4 Michigan

Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) gets a basket on a dunk against Purdue in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 12, 2021.

Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) gets a basket on a dunk against Purdue in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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 long-time 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.

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