The No. 2 Michigan State Spartans are the Big Ten tournament champions for a record-setting fifth time after a 66-62 win over the No. 13 Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday.
After being denied in the 2015 title game by Wisconsin, the Spartans once again relied on outstanding point guard Denzel Valentine to lead the way. After earning a double-double in a 64-61 win over Maryland in the semifinals Saturday, Valentine finished Sunday's game one assist shy of a triple-double. He had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Vince Edwards put down 19 points to lead the Boilermakers, who overcame a stretch of ice-cold shooting to close the first half and narrowed a 13-point lead to as little as one down the stretch. Like the Terrapins on Saturday, however, Purdue couldn't find a way to overcome tough late-game defense by Tom Izzo's crew, and they had to settle for the runner-up position.