No. 20 Purdue beat Ohio State in Columbus, 76-75, on Thursday, as four Boilermakers scored in double figures, including forward Vince Edwards, who had a team-high 16 points.
“It’s definitely sweet to go on the road and win,” Edwards said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “To win this league you have to be able to win on the road.”
Caleb Swanigan’s free throw with five seconds to go was the difference. He finished with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
“That was big by him,” Edwards said. “He was struggling a little bit, and for him to be poised and step up and knock down a free throw to give us a lead was big time on his part.”
Ohio State trailed by 10 at one point but rallied to get back in the game. Jae’Sean Tate scored a game-high 17 points for the Buckeyes, while Marc Loving had 14 points and eight rebounds.
“It definitely had a tournament feeling to it on the finish side of it,” Edwards said. “But I’m glad we came out with the win.”
Purdue (13-3, 2-1) will host No. 13 Wisconsin (13-2, 2-0) this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
“It’s going to be a crazy atmosphere in Mackey on Sunday,” Edwards said. “They’re led by two really good seniors in Bronson (Koenig) and Nigel (Hayes). They’re a really good team.”
Edwards, a junior from Middletown, Ohio, believes the Big Ten slate will once again be competitive night in and night out.
“I think the Big Ten is going to be competitive,” he said. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to come down to who can protect home court and also who can go on the road and win. So it’s going to be just like every other year in the Big Ten. it’s going to be competitive, and it’s going to be tough.”