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Buckeyes Fall Short vs. No. 20 Purdue
By John Porentas

COLUMBUS, OH - With under a minute to play the Buckeyes had a chance against No. 20 Purdue. 

After trailing by as many as 10 early in the second half Ohio State (10-5, 0-2 Big 10) fought back to tie the game at 75 all with 15 seconds left in the game. The tie was earned when Trevor Thompson scored in the paint and was also fouled. Thompson was awarded a free throw that would have put the Buckeyes up by one, but his attempt went off the back of the rim. 

Ten seconds later Purdue's Caleb Swanigan made one of two free throws to put the Boilermakers (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) up by one. OSU inbounded with  five seconds remaining and JaQuan Lyle got off a shot from near the three point arc that didn't go. 

Heartbreak. 

The Buckeyes dropped their second-straight close Big Ten contest. The loss left Thompson and senior forward Marc Loving openly emotional after the game. It was one they could have won if just a few things had gone their way. Instead it was just another close loss.

"We were just fortunate to be on the winning side of it," said Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter.

"We’ve got a lot of games in this arena where it’s either went to overtime or been close at the end and we lost all of them except one and they had a three at the buzzer to win that game too.

"Tough place to play, great coach, great program, fortunate to win the game but we also earned the right to be in that position to either win it or lose it on one shot or one play," Painter said.

Good fortune was a recurring thought for Painter after the game. For starters, the Boilermakers didn't have to deal with OSU forward Kaita Bates-Diop. Bates-Diop was lost for the season due to a stress fracture of his left shin this week, and that left the Buckeyes short a key cog. 

"We were fortunate. It’ one of those things where I know when we have guys hurt that are out nobody feels sorry for us. We prepared for him and we talked about him and we know how dangerous he is," said Painter.

Perhaps the biggest break of the game for the Boilermakers came late in the second half. The Buckeyes appeared to have held Purdue to a shot clock violation with under four minutes to play and Purdue leading by just two. The officials ruled, however, that Purdue' Carsen Edwards got the shot off before the buzzer. Painter was very candid about the call.

"It didn’t (leave his hand in time)," said Painter.

"We were very fortunate there.  That was huge, because I thought the ball was in his hands. We got a break there."

It was an unusual moment of honesty that turned into a moment of levity when Painter asked the reporters in the room a question of his own. 

"You guys don’t hear that much, do you," he asked about his admission to getting the benefit of a bad call. 

Reporters laughed, but it was clearly not a funny night for the OSU basketball team. They had fought hard and come up short. The disappointment showed on the faces of Jae'Sean Tate and Loving as they participated in the post-game interviews. Loving tried to express the emotions of the moment. 

"When you feel like you’ve worked as hard as you possibly can and left it all on the floor guys are going to be emotional because of love for the game. You want to win," he said.

Both teams had four players score in double figures. For Purdue, Vincent Edwards and Caleb Swanigan each had 16, Dakota Mathias had 14 and Edwards had 12. For the Buckeyes Tate had 17, Loving 14, Thompson 11 and Kam Williams 10. 

The Boilermakers dominated the glass where they outrebounded OSU 44-32. Purdue managed 14 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points compared to just nine second-chance points for the Buckeyes. OSU countered with 10 fast break points while Purdue had none. 

There were nine ties and nine lead changes in the game. 

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