No. 5 Ohio State thwarts No. 12 Purdue upset bid

No. 5 Ohio State thwarts No. 12 Purdue upset bid

(AP) LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points and Aaron Craft finished with 16 on Thursday, helping No. 24 Ohio State hang on for a 63-61 victory over Purdue in the Big Ten tournament. The win sent the defending tourney champs into Friday’s quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Nebraska.

Purdue (15-17) didn’t make it easy on the fifth-seeded Buckeyes. A.J. Hammons finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while senior Terone Johnson finished with 10 for the 12th seeded Boilermakers, who were eliminated after a seventh straight loss.

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