The game plan was to find the best way to beat Purdue and keep all the noise away from us, away from the locker room,” said likely hero Keita Bates-Diop, the leading contender for Big Ten Player of the Year and the man who tipped in the game-winning basket with 2.8 seconds remaining.
It was so perfectly choreographed that a reporter asked Jallow if coach Chris Holtmann had the players rehearse these answers.
With Ohio State beating Purdue 64-63 Wednesday night , each team owns a 12-1 record in conference play.
Even though one of Purdue’s remaining games comes Saturday at MSU, a Buckeyes loss here would have all but eliminated them from contention.
They got 18 points from 7-2 center Isaac Haas, but he was quiet after Holtmann chose to use the 6-6 Wesson against him and hassle him with quickness.
There'll be some hard times, almost certainly, when Purdue shows up Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center for the one game the Boilers and Spartans will play this side of the Big Ten Tournament.
Included in his 9-of-18 shooting line was a ridiculous backward tip over his head; it was the only shot Mathias made available to him, so he pulled it off.
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