WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Keita Bates-Diop tipped in a putback with 2.8 seconds left and No. 14 Ohio State upset No. 3 Purdue 64-63 to end the nation’s longest winning streak on Wednesday night.
With his team down by one point after Vincent Edwards completed a three-point play to give Purdue a 63-62 lead with 51.7 seconds left, Bates-Diop reacted first to putback an offensive rebound from a Jae’Sean Tate’s missed jumper to seal the win that shook up the Big Ten title race.
“I knew if Tate was going to miss he was going to miss long, so I just went in for the offensive rebound,” Bates-Diop said.
The junior forward finished with a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists to lead the way for the Buckeyes (21-5, 12-1), who closed strongly to secure their third successive win.
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Kaleb Wesson added 13 points, Tate had 10 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds, while Musa Jallow also scored 10 points off the bench for Ohio State, which now has the advantage in the conference title race, following wins over the Boilermakers and No. 4 Michigan State.
“We beat an incredible team and an incredible program tonight,” Ohio State’s first-year coach Chris Holtmann said.
“This may have been the best road environment I’ve ever coached in. What an environment. Players win games and our older guys did that.”
Carsen Edwards finished with a career-high 28 points on 8 of 13 shooting to go with six rebounds and three assists for Purdue.
Isaac Haas ended with 18 points, including 16 in the first half
“I think it hurts, but you have to learn from it, honestly,” Haas said. “The things that got us beat in the Bahamas are what got us beat today with rebounding and turnovers.
Edwards finished with 11 points, nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (23-3, 12-1 Big Ten), who had the game in control after taking a 14-point lead with 10:17 left.
“We couldn’t catch the ball in that last 10 minutes. It wasn’t just one guy,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said.
“We were having a tough time simply catching the ball and concentrating. It’s hard to run an offense when you can’t pass or catch.