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Purdue 76, Ohio State 75: Every Win is Beautiful

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You can all start breathing now.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

That was fun, right?

This looked like a game Purdue has lost way too many times over the years. Purdue never trailed int he second half, but wass tied twice. Once after a 12-2 run erased a 10-point lead. The second time was with 15 seconds left when Trevor Thompson got fouled and hit a circus shot to make it 75-75. He had a long time to think about his and-1, but we have seen this movie before. Purdue is the better team for 39.5 minutes but drops it just barely at the end. It certainly felt like Thompson would hit the free throw to give hte Buckeyes their first second half lead, Purdue would fail to score, the Buckeyes would rebound and get fouled to push the lead to three, Purdue would miss a desperation three at the buzzer.

What happened instead was a surprise. Thompson, who was 5 of 5 at the line to that point, missed the free throw and Caleb Swanigan grabbed the rebound. Purdue moved the ball up the court, got the ball back to Swanigan, and Thompson committed a very obvious foul that had to be called with 5.3 seconds left. It was his fifth.

Swanigan hit the first and missed hte second. I assume OSU was out of timeouts, but they had to rush the ball up the floor. JaQuan Lyle got too good of a look at a three at the buzzer, but missed and Purdue had a 76-75 win in a game it looked like it was going to blow 15 seconds earlier.

As I said, that was fun, right?

There is no such thing as a bad road win in the Big Ten. That is especially true when Purdue had only won once in Columbus since the 1997-98 season. We needed to get one back after Sunday at home against Minnesota and we got it. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest thing. At a time when Purdue had several chances to build a lead it turned the ball over five times in six possessions.

Swanigan was off, but still had a double-double with 16 and 11 because that is what he does. Isaac Haas struggled offensively (missing a huge layup late), but he added 10 rebounds for the first time since late November agaisnt Auburn. Vince Edwards had a huge game with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and four assists. Dakota Mathias had 14, 10 of them in the first half. Carsen Edwards had 12, including a huge putback (after a missed shot clock violation) late.

This was a complete team as every Boiler that played scored at least two points. P.J. Thompson only had 6 points, but half came on a gigantic 3-pointer with 1:19 left. he also had four assists and no turnovers.

Let’s just enjoy this. Wins in Columbus don’t come often. Now let’s have OSU recover and do a lot of damage as they are a nice true road win that can gain some value.