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No. 14 Ohio State knocks off No. 3 Purdue 64-63
Thursday Feb 08, 2018 12:00am

No. 14 Ohio State knocks off No. 3 Purdue 64-63
(WEST LAFAYETTE) - Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop managed to end the nation's longest winning streak and shook up the Big Ten title race Wednesday night. All it took was one big basket. His putback with 2.8 seconds left capped Ohio State's final charge, gave the 14th-ranked Buckeyes a 64-63 victory and ended No. 3 Purdue's school-record 19-game winning streak. Bates-Diop's final shot gave him 18 points and 11 rebounds on the night. It was a stunning conclusion to a gritty game. The Boilermakers (23-3, 12-1 Big Ten) seemed to have control after taking a 14-point lead with 10:17 left and still led 58-51 with 5:29 to go. But Ohio State finished on a 13-5 spurt and Issac Haas' 8-footer at the buzzer came up short for Purdue. Now, suddenly, Ohio State (21-5, 12-1) has the inside track to the conference title with wins over the Boilermakers and No. 4 Michigan State, which is one game behind the co-leaders. And with home games against Iowa and Rutgers and trips to Penn State and Indiana left, the biggest remaining obstacle might be beating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Feb. 18. For Purdue lost for the first time since Nov. 23, for the first time on American soil all season, for the first time in 22 home games and for the first time in 15 conference games. Carsen Edwards finished with a career-high 28 points, had six rebounds and three assists. Haas scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half and Vincent Edwards wound up with 11 points, nine rebounds and gave Purdue a 63-62 lead by completing a three-point play with 51.7 seconds left.

OTHER TOP 25 MEN'S SCORES
St. John's 79 – No. 1 Villanova 75
No. 2 Virginia 59 – Florida State 55
No. 7 Texas Tech 76 – Iowa State 58
Texas A&M 81 – No. 8 Auburn 80
UNLV 86 – No. 23 Nevada 78
No. 25 Miami (FL) 87 – Wake Forest 81

WEDNESDAY TOP 25 WOMEN'S SCORES
No. 1 Connecticut 55 – UCF 37
No. 4 Louisville 65 – Clemson 46
No. 19 Duke 59 – Wake Forest 51
No. 22 Oklahoma State 71 – No. 24 UCU 54

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