Denzel Valentine finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead No. 2 Michigan State past No. 13 Purdue 66-62 in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game in Indianapolis.
He was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after flirting with triple-doubles on three consecutive days. Michigan State (29-5) has won 13 of 14 and has its fifth tourney title.
Purdue (26-8) was led by Vince Edwards with 19 points while A.J. Hammons and Caleb Swanigan had 11 each.
(16) Kentucky 72, (17) Texas A&M 77 (OT): At Nashville, Tennessee, Derek Willis’ 3-pointer with 1:01 left in overtime put the Wildcats ahead to stay against the Aggies and win their second straight SEC title and 29th overall.
These teams split the regular-season title after the Aggies edged Kentucky in College Station in overtime on Feb. 20 but the Wildcats (26-8) have only lost 10 times in 39 title game appearances in the program’s storied history.
Tyler Ulis scored a career-high 30 points, including Kentucky’s final point on a free throw with 8.7 seconds left.
Danuel House scored a career-high 32 points for Texas A&M (26-8).
UConn 72, Memphis 58: At Orlando, Florida, Shonn Miller and Sterling Gibbs scored 13 points each and Daniel Hamilton had a double-double for the third straight day, leading the Huskies to the American Athletic title over the Tigers (19-15).
Hamilton had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (24-10).
Saint Joseph’s 87, VCU 74: At New York, DeAndre’ Bembry scored 30 points and Isaiah Miles had 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks (27-7) beat the defending champion Rams (24-10) for the Atlantic 10 title.
Little Rock 70, Louisiana-Monroe 50: At New Orleans, Roger Woods scored 19 points and the Trojans (29-4) used a dominant second half to beat the Warhawks (20-13) for the Sun Belt title.
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