- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 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.

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, giving them an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue (26-8) was led by Vince Edwards with 19 points while A.J. Hammons and Caleb Swanigan had 11 each.

Michigan State took control with two 9-0 runs late in the first half and extended the margin to as much as 46-33 early in the second.

The Boilermakers charged back and got as close as 62-61 with 2:50 left when Rapheal Davis made two free throws.

But Valentine made a 16-footer with 1:45 left and the Spartans didn’t give up another basket.

No. 16 KENTUCKY 82, No. 17 TEXAS A&M; 77

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Derek Willis’s 3-pointer with 1:01 left in overtime put Kentucky ahead to stay, and the Wildcats won their second straight Southeastern Conference Tournament championship and 29th overall.

These teams split the regular season title after the Aggies edged Kentucky in College Station in overtime on Feb. 20. But SEC Tournament titles are treasured by Kentucky faithful, and the Wildcats (26-8) gave fans yet another to celebrate in a game they have lost only 10 times 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. Jamal Murray added 17 points, and Willis, Alex Poythress and Isaiah Briscoe all finished with 10.

Danuel House scored a career-high 32 points for Texas A&M; (26-8). Jalen Jones had 15 points, and Alex Caruso added 11.


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