The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes managed another Big Ten victory on Tuesday night, but it was a much tougher fight than they expected. They managed to hold on for the 87-84 win over the feisty Purdue Boilermakers.
The Purdue Boilermakers visited the No. 3 Ohio St. Buckeyes on Tuesday night in Big Ten conference action. Ohio State had won five in a row heading into the game, including back-to-back wins over ranked teams in No. 22 Wisconsin and No. 20 Michigan. Purdue, by contrast, was coming off a 17-point loss to the ranked Indiana Hoosiers and was looking to get to over .500 in conference play.
The Buckeyes probably figured they were likely for an easy win over the Boilermakers, but they got much more than they expected in a hard-fought game that remained close right down to the wire. The Boilermakers played some inspired and aggressive ball, including a monster dunk in the first half by Purdue guard Kelsey Barlow. Purdue took it right to the Buckeyes and headed into halftime with the score knotted at 40-40. Ohio State finally opened up a decent lead toward the end of the second half, but Purdue kept on battling. The final minute of play could have told a different story, as the Boilermakers were down by seven points in the last 0:30 but scored eight. The difference ended up being fouls on Buckeyes Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas in the final 20 seconds, who nailed all four of their free throws.
Ohio State will play their next game on Saturday, February 11, when they host the No. 12 Michigan St. Spartans. Purdue's next game will be on Sunday, February 12, as they return home to take on the Northwestern Wildcats.
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