Rutgers has had Purdue’s number recently, but the Boilermakers avoided the upset on Friday in Chicago. No. 1-seeded Purdue outlasted No. 9-seeded Rutgers for a 70-65 victory to advance to the semifinals.

Purdue coach Matt said it was all about the toughness, both mentally and physically, his team showed in the United Center on Friday.

The Boilermakers and Scarlet Knights were locked in a slugfest from the get-go. There were 6 ties and 11 lead changes in the contest.

One of those lead changes occurred when a Mason Gillis 3-pointer gave Purdue a 29-28 lead at the half.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the 2nd half. Rutgers’ last lead of the game was 42-41 with 11:44 to go.

Purdue’s largest lead of the game was 9 points with 55 seconds to go. The Scarlet Knights used every foul possible to fight up until the final buzzer.

Gillis led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor. Zach Edey turned in another double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Purdue was the better shooting team (47& to 40%) while winning the rebounding battle (35-28) scoring more off the bench (21-8).

The Boilermakers will face the winner of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, CBS).