Twenty-four seconds later, Middletown native Vincent Edwards answered with a three-point play that gave Purdue the lead. He finished with 11 points.
But on the Buckeyes’ final possession, they grabbed two offensive rebounds — the second being Bates-Diep’s putback to win it.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ come-from-behind victory just turned the Big Ten back into an interesting race. A loss would have left Ohio State two games behind Purdue and down a tiebreaker. Now, the Buckeyes have a share of the lead and own the tiebreaker over Purdue with less than two weeks to go.
Purdue: The hottest team in America just kept finding ways to win — until their shooting touch went awry Wednesday. Make no mistake, Purdue remains one of the nation’s best teams and still could win a second straight conference crown. But losing this one, on the same night No. 1 Villanova also lost, hurts.
Ohio State: Heads home to face struggling Iowa on Saturday.
Purdue: Will try to keep its perfect road record intact at No. 4 Michigan State on Saturday.