Purdue basketball tops Illinois to claim outright Big Ten title

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Purdue basketball isn’t sharing the Big Ten championship with anyone.

Thanks to timely shooting from Braden Smith and a gutsy performance down the stretch from Fletcher Loyer, the third-ranked Boilermakers closed the door on No. 12 Illinois 77-71 at the State Farm Center to claim the league title outright.

To do so, the Boilermakers (27-3, 16-3) needed a second half comeback.

Illinois built a 10-point lead with 5:18 to go in the first half, getting a boost from fifth-year senior transfer Marcus Domask and sixth-year senior transfer Quincy Guerrier. Guerrier was 3-for-4 from 3 in the first half and combined with Domask for 18 points to give the Illini a 40-34 halftime lead.

First appeared on www.jconline.com

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