WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—The Boilermakers win streak came to a halt on Wednesday night, as Ohio State ended No. 3 Purdue’s 19-game win streak, defeating Purdue at home 64-63.
Things did not go in Purdue’s favor with 48 seconds to go when the Buckeyes got the ball back after two free throws from Vince Edwards making it a 63-62 Purdue lead. Jae’Sean Tate would miss a jumper with 22 seconds left in the game and after a battle for the rebound, gained the possession back and called a timeout with 15 seconds to go. Tate would attempt another jumper with 5 seconds left in the game and missed again but Keita Bates-Diop came through with another offensive rebound and put it back up for a quick two. That bucket gave Ohio State a 64-63 lead with just 3 seconds left. Purdue immediately called a timeout where they drew up several plays for the inbounds pass. They had to go to their worse case scenario of heaving the ball down the court to Isaac Haas where he would miss the fadeaway jumper as time expired.
Purdue outscored the Buckeyes 31-29 in the first half, but were outscored in the second 35-32. They led by as much as 14 points in the second half with about ten minutes to go, but Ohio State started the comeback that would finish with the last second miracle we mentioned above.
Carsen Edwards led Purdue in scoring with a team-leading 28 points on 8-13 shooting from the field. Isaac Haas would add 18 points, 1 steal, and 1 block while going 7-11 from the field. Vince Edwards chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds in a game where he was much healthier.
The Boilers shooting was not that bad going 42.6 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three, but the rebounding would play a large role in the loss. They were outrebounded by Ohio State 31-30. but the Buckeyes had two key offensive rebounds on their final possession which helped them hit what would be the game-winner.
Purdue falls to 23-3 this season and 12-1 in the Big Ten. They are tied for first place in the conference with Ohio State but would lose the tiebreaker because of tonight’s loss. If you look at it positively, getting a loss out of the way to a good team is not that bad for the Boilers. Going into the tournament, it’s good to go in and have to face adversity while trying to compete for a National Championship.
Purdue will travel to East Lansing to face No. 4 Michigan State in another extremely tough battle this Saturday at 4:00 PM Eastern on ESPN.