Ohio State’s upset of Purdue comes just in time to keep Big Ten race going

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Ohio State Buckeyes were well-coached enough to go on the road, into the cauldron of cacophony that is Mackey Arena on its best night, go up against the No. 3 team in this particular week of this peculiar college basketball season, and somehow go home celebrating a one-point victory.

They also were well-rehearsed enough to insist that they weren’t at all concerned that if they hadn’t found a way to upset the Purdue Boilermakers — who entered on a 19-game winning streak — then any hope of winning the Big Ten Conference regular-season championship would have been finished.

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“We were just worried about this game and winning this game, just coming into a hostile environment and getting a win,” said improbable hero Andre Wesson, who banked in a 3-pointer that gave OSU its first second-half lead just 76 seconds from the end.

“We weren’t thinking about that. We were just thinking game by game and one game at a time,” said improbable hero Musa Jallow, a freshman who scored 10 points and hit three times from 3-point range after entering with a 2.4 scoring average and no 3-pointers in this calendar year.

“We knew, but that wasn’t the focus. The game plan was to find the best way to beat Purdue and

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