3:30 PM ET, March 14, 2010
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Ohio State ties Big Ten title game victory margin record in 29-point win
INDIANAPOLIS -- Evan Turner didn't need any late-game heroics on Sunday.When it appeared there was nothing more he could do to make his Big Ten tournament performance better, the junior had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead Ohio State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) over Minnesota 90-61 in the championship game.Turner hit a 37-foot shot at the buzzer to beat Michigan in the quarterfinals, then scored 12 of his 31 points after regulation in a double-overtime win against Illinois in the semifinals. He topped it by setting the tournament record for points in a championship game and was the obvious choice as the tournament's most outstanding player.
• The Buckeyes, leading by just three points at halftime, opened the second half with an 8-0 run and outscored the Gophers 57-31 in the final 20 minutes to become the first school to win three Big Ten tournament titles.
• The 29-point victory is the largest in a Big Ten tournament championship game and the largest in any conference championship game this year.
• Evan Turner scored 22 of his game-high 31 points in the second half and also had 11 rebounds and six assists on the way to being named the tournament's most outstanding player. It was his second straight game with 30-plus points, 10-plus rebounds and five-plus assists.
• Minnesota, playing in the tourney final for the first time in school history, failed to become the second No. 6 seed to win the Big Ten tournament.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
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