COLUMBUS, Ohio — Othello Hunter, one of Ohio State's worst free-throw shooters at 56 percent, hit two from the line late in overtime then knocked away an inbounds pass to lead to a steal as the Buckeyes upset No. 15 Purdue 80-77 on Tuesday night.
The Boilermakers (23-7, 14-3) fell a half-game behind first-place Wisconsin in the Big Ten. The Badgers host Penn State tonight and Northwestern on Sunday. The Boilermakers finish at Michigan on Sunday.
"It's frustrating, but it's one game," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "We controlled our own destiny, and now we don't."
Jamar Butler scored 23 of his 25 in the second half for Ohio State (18-12, 9-8), which ended a four-game losing streak and revived hopes for an NCAA Tournament berth.
Ohio State took motivation from Keaton Grant's comments after the Boilermakers' January win over the Buckeyes. Grant said then he was tired of hearing about Ohio State after the Buckeyes had beaten Purdue eight straight times. Ohio State coaches put that quote on the locker room bulletin board.
"We got sick of hearing about that," Butler said, "so it was time to take them out."
NO. 9 TEXAS 70, NEBRASKA 66: D.J. Augustin scored 22 and the host Longhorns went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute to move into a tie for first in the Big 12 with Kansas. A.J. Abrams hit a clutch 3-pointer with 41 seconds left. Nebraska, trailing 38-25 at halftime, tied it at 50 with 9:39 left.
Va. Tech 80, Wake 58: Deron Washington had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the host Hokies. The Demon Deacons have lost four straight.
CLEMSON: Guard Cliff Hammonds plans to play Thursday against Georgia Tech despite a broken wrist on his nonshooting right hand.
OLE MISS 81, ARK. 72: Dwayne Curtis had 23 points and 11 rebounds and former Gator David Huertas scored 14 of his 19 in the second half for the host Rebels. The Razorbacks, who never led after the opening five minutes, have lost three of four.
NO. 21 MARQUETTE 67, Fla. GULF COAST 37: Lazar Hayward had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the host Golden Eagles. Marquette had its second-best defensive effort in the nine seasons under coach Tom Crean, having held Illinois State to 32 points in the 2004-05 season.
Nation: Beasley sets K-State season mark
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Michael Beasley had 33 points to break Kansas State's season scoring record and lead the Wildcats past Colorado 78-72.
With one regular-season game left, Beasley has four straight 30-point games. He had 14 rebounds for his 26th double double, extending his NCAA freshman record and setting the Big 12 mark.
Duquesne: Center Shawn James has torn cartilage in his right shoulder and his status for the season is uncertain.
WOODEN UPDATE: John Wooden had a new cast put on his broken left wrist and the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great's vital signs were good, his daughter said. He is hospitalized at an undisclosed location.
SAINT LEO 65, ECKERD 62: Quentin Cullop and Jordan Prais scored 16 each as the visiting Lions (14-14), the conference tournament's No. 7 seed, opened with an upset of the No. 2 seed Tritons (19-9). Saint Leo plays a semifinal game at 2:30 Saturday against No. 3 seed Tampa, which defeated No. 6 Rollins 80-76. Top-seeded Florida Southern, which defeated No. 8 Nova Southeastern 78-58, plays Saturday against No. 5 Lynn, which defeated No. 4 Florida Tech 106-104 in double overtime. The championship will be at 1 Sunday (FSN).
TAMPA 62, SAINT LEO 39: The host Spartans (23-5), the conference tournament's No. 2 seed, opened with a rout of the No. 7 seed Lions (13-15). Tampa's Sheena Walton had game highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tampa plays a semifinal game at 7:30 Saturday against No. 3 Rollins, which defeated No. 6 Florida Southern 72-53. The other semifinal pits top-seeded Nova Southeastern, which defeated No. 8 Eckerd 63-61, against No. 4 Barry, which defeated No. 5 Lynn 65-59. The championship will be at 3:30 Sunday (FSN).
ACC WOMEN: Boston College's Stefanie Murphy was named conference rookie of the year and North Carolina's LaToya Pringle was defensive player of the year. Miami's Maurita Reid made the all-defensive team.