Wednesday evening on Purdue’s turf (West Lafayette, IN) Keita Bates-Diop diligently dropped 18 points for the Buckeyes – which included the decisive bucket with 2.8 seconds remaining on the clock, to give the 14th ranked Ohio State Men’s basketball team a stunning upset of the nation’s third ranked Purdue Boilermakers – who had owned the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games.
The Buckeyes (21-5, 12-1 in the Big Ten) now share the conference lead with Purdue after wrapping up their 11th win in 12 games.
Carsen Edwards finished with a career-high 28 points to lead the Boilermakers (23-3, 12-1), who lost for the first time since Nov. 23. Isaac Haas had 18 points but missed an 8-foot jumper at the buzzer in hopes of a win.
Purdue’s school record 14-game winning streak in conference play and 21-game winning streak at home also ended with a surprising finish.
The Boilermakers led 58-51 with 5:29 to go, but Ohio State closed the game on 13-5 run, recapturing a 62-60 lead on Wesson’s banked 3-pointer 1:13 to go.
Twenty-four seconds later, Middletown, Ohio native Vincent Edwards answered with a three-point play that gave Purdue the lead. He would finish with 11 points.
The Buckeyes did not surrender to the disheartening possibilities – on their final possession, they grabbed two offensive rebounds — the second being Bates-Diop’s put-back to win it.
Andre Wesson would add 13 points in the final tally; Jae’Sean Tate would chime in with 10 & the nice surprise from off the bench would be Musa Jallow with 10 of his own. KBD would not only lead the Buckeye with 18 on the scoring front, but would own the boards as well with 11.
Oho State’s unexpected win has turned up the heat in Big Ten play. Had the Buckeyes lost this one they would have sank to two games behind Purdue and down a tiebreaker. But now, the Buckeyes have a share of the lead within the league and are in sole possession of the tiebreaker over Purdue with less than two weeks remaining.
This loss must bother Purdue. On a night where #1 Villanova fell to St. John’s, in a “more” surprising upset, because now they must lick their wounds and go face another tough opponent in the Spartans of *ichigan State on Saturday in East Lansing. With the Buckeyes now clearly showing they can play with the “big-boys” – a can of worms have been opened – showing us all that College Basketball has quite a few “really” good teams, but not one that could be labeled as a dominate one. And our Buckeyes are deserving to be meshed within the conversation of the “many good ones”. I see a host of wonderful possibilities that exist for this team….
The Buckeyes now head back to Columbus for a Saturday match-up against the Iowa Hawkeyes who are 3-10 within the Big Ten, and 12-14 overall. Don’t let that fool you? The Buckeyes MUST be in the game against Iowa as much as they were against Purdue … DO NOT take anything for granted.