B10 Minnesota Purdue Basketball

Purdue's Trevion Williams (50) reacts as he walks off the court after an NCAA college basketball game against the Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Friday.

CHICAGO — Jordan Murphy scored 27 points, Amir Coffey added 21 points and Minnesota beat No. 13 Purdue 75-73 on Friday night to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Murphy drove for a go-ahead three-point play and hit two free throws in the closing minutes, and the Gophers (21-12) beat the Boilermakers (23-9) for the second time in 10 days when Carsen Edwards missed a 3 as time expired.

Murphy finished three points shy of his season high. He also had eight rebounds.

Coffey made 7 of 13 shots. Daniel Oturu added 13 points and 10 rebounds, helping Minnesota advance to the semifinals for the second time in three years. The Gophers will face the Michigan-Iowa winner.

Matt Haarms scored 16 points for Purdue. Ryan Cline added 14 points and eight assists. But after winning 17 of 20 to surge to a share of their second conference regular-season championship in three years, the Boilermakers never really found their rhythm.

Purdue made just 6 of 24 3-pointers, with Carsen Edwards missing seven of eight from beyond the arc. The Big Ten's leading scorer, he finished with 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting.

Minnesota led by as much as 10 in the second half. But Trevion Williams put back a missed 3 by Edwards to give Purdue a 71-69 lead with about 3:30 remaining.

Murphy drove for a three-point play to put Minnesota back on top and hit two free throws with 1:17 remaining to make it a three-point game.

After a week miss by Haarms inside, Minnesota committed a shot-clock violation with 27 seconds left.

Haarms scored in the post to cut it to 74-73 with 12 seconds left. Purdue immediately fouled Dupree McBrayer, who hit the first free throw but missed the second.

Haarms grabbed the rebound, but Edwards missed the potential winning 3 from the left corner as time expired.

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: The Gophers were already a good bet to make the NCAA coming into this tournament. They might have avoided a play-in game with their overtime victory over Penn State on Thursday and followed it up with an impressive win.

Purdue: The Boilermakers missed their share of open shots and paid in a big way. Instead of making a push for their second Big Ten Tournament title, they'll try to regroup for the NCAAs.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Will face No. 10 Michigan or Iowa in the semifinals.

Purdue: Awaits NCAA invitation.

NO. 19 WISCONSIN 6, NEBRASKA 62

CHICAGO (AP) — Nate Reuvers and Khalil Iverson each scored 14 points, D'Mitrik Trice hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left and Wisconsin beat pesky Nebraska to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

The Badgers (23-9) won for the sixth time in seven games despite a shaky performance by Ethan Happ. The 6-foot-10 forward had a season-low four points and committed seven of the team's 17 turnovers.

Glynn Watson Jr. scored 23 points for Nebraska (18-16).

FLORIDA 76, NO. 9 LSU 73

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer with a second left and Florida overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to upset LSU in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals.

Eighth-seeded Florida (19-14) will play No. 22 Auburn in the semifinals Saturday.

LSU (26-6) had won five straight without coach Will Wade, who remains suspended indefinitely despite asking Thursday to rejoin the Tigers for the postseason. LSU quickly squashed that idea with a statement noting Wade will remain suspended until he speaks to school officials about the reports of an FBI wiretap that led to his suspension, noting Wade has yet to "deny any wrongdoing to us or publicly."

The regular-season champion Tigers did have freshman Javonte Smart back after saying before tipoff the guard has fully cooperated in a "joint inquiry" with the school and the NCAA.

Nembhard had 20 points. Naz Reid led LSU with 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Smart had 13 points.

NO. 11 HOUSTON 84, UCONN 45

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Davis Jr. scored 22 points and Houston routed UConn in the American Athletic quarterfinals.

Galen Robinson Jr. had 16 points, missing only one of his eight shots, and Nate Hinton added 15 points. The top-seeded Cougars (30-2) will face Memphis in the semifinals.

Jalen Adams led UConn (16-17) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

NO. 22 AUBURN 73, SOUTH CAROLINA 64

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jared Harper scored 27 points to help Auburn beat South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals.

Auburn (24-9) went 13 of 34 from 3-point range and broke the SEC record for 3-pointer in a season with 368.

Bryce Brown had 19 points, and Samir Doughty added 10. Chris Silva led South Carolina with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

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