During the three-game skid, the offense has lagged behind.
Penn State would get within one point of Purdue four times in the final 5:14 after tying the score at 58, but the Boilermakers' timely threes kept them in front. In 39 minutes, Kelsey collected 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 4 threes with 2 turnovers. Tommy Miller stole the puck from a Penn State player along the boards in the MSU zone and hit Stevens with pass as he headed up ice. That freed up the Nittany Lion guards to defend ferociously on the perimeter and force the Boilers into a shooting slump.
Purdue beat Penn State, 76-73. The team disclosed the injury in a statement before tipoff. He finished tonight's game with 17 points while shooting 6-for-9 from the field.
"I think it was just a great win in terms of from an energy standpoint, " Purdue coach Matt Paintersaid. Haas returned in the second half, but finished with just 12 points. This victory was made possible thanks to Carsen Edwards, who led all scorers with 27 points, but unlike the last three games, he had help.
Bench scoring was controlled by Ohio State with 7 points off the bench compared to Purdue's 2 points. Shortly after, there was a tense moment as Watkins, who had re-entered the game in the second half, fouled Bishop Dwenger product Grady Eifert on the way to the hoop and then stood over him after the play. Vincent Edwoards leads in rebounds with 7.8 while Mathias tops in assists with 4.4 per game.
Of course, Penn State took care of the Buckeyes in its last home game. 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. Lewandowski scored the second and third MSU goals - both set up by Khodorenko and Hirose, while Hirose added an empty-netter to seal the win in the closing minutes. Mathias buried a huge 3 with a minute left to put his team up four, but Penn State sent Watkins to the line with a pair of free throws that could have tied the game with four seconds left.
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Watkins, limited to nine minutes due to foul problems, missed the first, though.
But with one Edwards out, the other one stepped up for Purdue. His surge contributed to a 21-6 run for the Boilermakers to open the second half, as the Boilers built the lead up to 11 points with 12:34 left. Even with Purdue defenders in his face, he was flushing threes.
Carsen Edwards, of no relation to Vincent, picked it up.
Edwards sprained his ankle in Saturday's practice and was wearing a walking boot during the game with the team saying he would be questionable the rest of the regular season. Eifert started in his place.
Purdue will travel to Illinois Thursday at 7 p.m. (FS1). Purdue avoids its first four-game losing streak since it lost seven straight to end the 2013-2014 season. Pat Chambers' squad trimmed Purdue's lead to four thanks to a Josh Reaves three-pointer and another Julian Moore and-one.
The Spartans answered just 55 seconds later as Brody Stevens skated in all alone on a breakaway and fired past the glove of sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones.