Well, it happened again, No. 3-ranked Purdue lost in the final seconds to No. 4-ranked Michigan State on the road 68-65.
This game was definitely different than the Ohio State heartbreaker because this was tough road environment to play in and it was a Top-5 Michigan State squad. They gave it their all trying to hold onto a 65-63 lead with 1:02 left in the game but fell when the Spartans tied it at 65-65 with 49 seconds, and then took the lead with 2.6 seconds to go on a Miles Bridges three-pointer. Purdue called a timeout, followed by a Michigan State timeout, drew up inbounds play where Vince Edwards was fouled but missed the front end of a one-and-one where the Spartans would rebound and end the game.
Purdue once again claimed a strong first half against a strong opponent, opening to a 9-2 run over the first four minutes. They would extend their lead to 25-16 before Michigan State woke up and started making shots. The Boilermakers led at halftime 36-31. After some cold stretches in the second half for both sides, Michigan State would end up outscoring Purdue 37-29 after a great effort down the stretch. The three-point dagger was even heavily contested, yet they made the shot.
Isaac Haas had a really nice game for the Boilers, leading all scorers with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Haas would shoot 12-22 from the field for another solid performance. Carsen Edwards added 14 points and 4 boards, while Vince Edwards finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Dakota Mathias contributed 8 points and 6 assists.
Purdue shot 26-64 (40.6%) from the field, 6-19 (31.6%) from three, and 7-10 (70.0%) from the free throw line. They would lose the rebounding battle to the stronger team, Michigan State, who had 37 rebounds compared to Purdue’s 34. Everywhere else, Purdue was efficient with 16 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
The Boilermakers fall to 23-4 this season and 12-2 in the Big Ten. The conference is still in a three-way battle for first with Ohio State leading the way at 12-1. Michigan State is also 12-2 but would obviously hold the tiebreaker due to this loss. Purdue may be down, but it not out yet. They still have four games left and can win all four.
Purdue will face Wisconsin in Madison this Thursday at 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN.