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  • Associated Press Purdue guard Carsen Edwards shoots after going around Ohio State guard Andrew Dakich during Wednesday's Big Ten game in West Lafayette. Ohio State won 64-63, ending Purdue's 19-game winning streak.

Thursday, February 08, 2018 1:00 am


Buckeyes burst Boilers' bubble

Go into Mackey, halt Purdue's 19-game streak

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

WEST LAFAYETTE – Ohio State outrebounded Purdue by one Wednesday, the seventh straight game the Boilermakers had been outrebounded. That one extra rebound cost No. 3 Purdue its 19-game win streak as the No. 14 Buckeyes escaped with a 64-63 victory at Mackey Arena.

With the Boilermakers leading by one and time winding down, Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate drove to the basket looking for a winning layup. The shot missed off the back of the rim, but no one blocked out Keita Bates-Diop. The Big Ten's leading scorer grabbed the ball and put it back in with 2.8 seconds left.

“I just remember I was under the rim and I had a hand on the ball, but I just couldn't come up with it,” Purdue's Vincent Edwards said. “I flew out of bounds with my momentum and I turned around and he just laid the ball in.”

Purdue (23-3, 12-1 Big Ten) looked for most of the night like it would win its school-record 20th straight game. A 20-6 run midway through the second half, featuring 14 points from Edwards, turned what had been a tie game into a 14-point Purdue lead.

“It's just what happened in the moment,” said Edwards, who had a career-high 28 points.

The Buckeyes (21-5, 12-1) refused to go away after falling behind. A 7-0 run immediately sliced the lead back to five and Ohio State eventually went in front when Andre Wesson, starting in place of suspended guard Kam Williams, banked in a 3-pointer.

Vincent Edwards made what looked at the time like the biggest play of the game, putting Purdue back in front with an old-fashioned 3-point play in response to Wesson's triple. Edwards' heroics put the Boilers up 63-62, setting up Bates-Diop's final shot.

“Eventually (rebounding) was going to catch us and it finally caught up to us,” said Vincent Edwards, who was named a finalist for the Julius Erving award as the country's best small forward Wednesday. “You get them to miss three straight times in a 20-second stretch (at the end) and you can't get a rebound, it's demoralizing.”

After Bates-Diop's tip-in, Purdue had one final shot. The ball went to Isaac Haas on a full-court pass, but his jumper bounced off the back of the rim and the 10th-longest winning streak in Big Ten history ended.

“That was one of the last resorts,” Haas said of the baseball pass. “If (passer Dakota Mathias) didn't feel comfortable finding Carsen coming across, luckily he got it to me, but it just didn't fall down.”

In addition to the winning streak, Purdue's grip on first place in the conference ended. The Buckeyes now share the lead while No. 4 Michigan State is one game back at 11-2. The Boilers travel to East Lansing on Saturday.

At the end of the postgame news conference, Vincent Edwards was asked how he felt, a reference to the flu he'd been battling last week. 

“I got a horrible taste in my mouth right now, but I'll be OK,” he said.

Note: Purdue's school record 14-game winning streak in conference play and 21-game winning streak at home also ended.