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Hammons helps No. 13 Purdue advance to Big Ten final

Vince Edwards, Derrick Walton Jr.

Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) is fouled as he shoots under Purdue forward Vince Edwards (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game during the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Purdue defeated Michigan 76-59. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A.J. Hammons had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 13 Purdue beat Michigan 76-59 on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship.

Hammons made 11 of 17 shots, mostly from inside. Vince Edwards added 13 points, and Isaac Haas finished with 11.

Next up for Purdue (26-7) is the winner of the second semifinal between Michigan State and Maryland. The Boilermakers are seeking their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2009.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led Michigan with 15 points. Derrick Walton Jr. scored 14 points and Zak Irvin had 11.

Eighth-seeded Michigan (22-12) was playing its third game in three days.