Hummel sends No. 24 Purdue past Illinois 66-56 - KMOV.com

Hummel sends No. 24 Purdue past Illinois 66-56

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Robbie Hummel had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and JaJuan Johnson scored 20 points, leading No. 24 Purdue past Illinois 66-56 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

The victory ends Purdue's three-game losing streak against the Illini and sends the third-seeded Boilermakers (24-9) into their first tourney title game since 1998. They face fifth-seeded Ohio State on Sunday.

Illinois (24-9) was led by Dominique Keller with 16 points.

Purdue closed the first half on a 14-0 run to make it 37-17 at halftime. The Fighting Illini never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.

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