COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a game befitting of two of the top teams in the Big Ten, No. 1 Purdue hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds to play to lift the Boilermakers to a 71-69 victory over No. 24 Ohio State on Thursday.
The loss snaps the Buckeyes’ three-game winning streak as they are now 10-4 on the year and 2-1 in the conference. Purdue improves to 14-1 and 3-1 in Big Ten play.
Freshman Brice Sensabaugh, the reigning three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, led all scorers with 21 points. This was his fourth 20-point game of the season and his third in the last five games. Justice Sueing added 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
The Buckeyes defended Purdue big man Zach Edey well, limiting him to 16 points but Purdue made a season-high 13 three-pointers, the last one being the dagger.
Ohio State used a 12-0 run to build an early 18-7 lead. The first half advantage was as big as 12 at 26-14 but three-consecutive three-pointers by Purdue evened the score at 33-33 with a minute to play. A Eugene Brown three-pointer capped the half and the Buckeyes led 36-33 at the break.
The game of runs continued as a 10-0 Purdue run gave the Boilermakers their largest lead of the game at 52-46 with 13 minutes to play. The Buckeyes then countered with an 8-2 run to tie the score again and the rest of the game was played within a four-point margin.
A Felix Okpara free throw evened the score at 66-66 with 1:57 to go. After a couple of empty possessions each way, Sean McNeil gave the Buckeyes a 69-66 lead with a clutch three-pointer to beat the shot clock. Purdue then got a jumper from Edey, and after a Buckeye turnover, Fletcher Loyer knocked-down a three-pointer to give Purdue the win.
The Buckeyes suffered a blow early in the game as junior captain Zed Key left the game after just four minutes with a sprained shoulder.
Ohio State hits the road this weekend to take on Maryland in College Park. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN.
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