Ohio State Basketball Falls In The Latest AP Poll

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The Nittany Lions' season sweep of the Buckeyes in men's basketball underscored that fact.

Five players are averaging at leat 10.3 points per game for Penn State, they are Carr (19.6), Lamar Stevens (15.2), Mike Watkins (12.9), Josh Reaves (10.9) and Shep Garner (10.3). We knew who our top rebounder was going to be.

The Boilermakers (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten) enter the final week with plenty to play for.

Though the two-game streak is disappointing, there is still time to get things right and head into the postseason on a high note.

Purdue star Carsen Edwards was a huge part of that run, and he finished the game with 27 points. He left the game after that as an irate Purdue coach Matt Painter screamed at two officials there must have been a foul. Penn State cut the lead to one possession multiple times but couldn't get the lead back. Watkins grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He finished tonight's game with 17 points while shooting 6-for-9 from the field.

Bill's pick: Ohio State 74, Penn State 71.

With just over a minute left, Dakota Mathias came off a curl screen and hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give Purdue a four-point lead.

The losses piled have up for Purdue - three in a row on the Boilers' record. Down the stretch, the Nittany Lions refused to concede and got within one when Garner hit another 3 with 2:03 to go, making it 69-68 in favor of the Boilers.

Penn State had won four consecutive games, including six of its last seven games leading into Sunday's match-up. If Carr hits the long three at the end of regulation (hello, Ohio State) or if Watkins makes the two free throws with 4.3 left, this game could have been tied and gone to overtime. Purdue vs Penn State tv channel is on BTN stream. The 6-foot-1 guard scored in double figures for the 12th straight game. He missed the first and made the second.

Senior hurler Jessica Cummings (Owings, Md.) got the nod in both games, taking the loss in game one, while Madison Shaffer (New Castle, Pa.) suffered the loss in game two, throwing 1.1 innings.

Junior forward Grady Eifert started in place of Vincent Edwards. Purdue has not outrebounded an opponent in 10 games after losing 35-28 on the glass against Penn State. - Junior Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) becomes just the second Nittany Lion in program history to reach the 100-point milestone as he collects a goal and an assist to lead No. 16 Penn State past Michigan State, 3-2, in Big Ten Conference action this evening from Munn Ice Arena to close out the regular season series.

Bench scoring was controlled by Purdue with 14 points off the bench compared to Penn State's 13 points. The Boilers shot 55.6 percent in the second half.

The Boilermakers went to the free throw line 27 times and converted on 17 of those attempts.