Ohio State edges Purdue 63-61



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INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue’s second straight unsatisfactory season reached its end Thursday with a 63-61 loss to Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Boilermakers had a chance to win at the buzzer, but senior Terone Johnson’s 3-pointer was off the mark, and Purdue notched its seventh loss in a row to finish 2013-14 at 15-17, the program’s second straight campaign below .500 after posting a 16-18 mark in 2012-13.

At the post-game interview podium,  Johnson, coach Matt Painter and sophomore center A.J. Hammons sat solemnly and reflected on the game and their season. Painter said his team would not be playing in a postseason tournament.

“We weren’t able to consistently this year play hard and play smart at the same time and those are two constants in the game you have to do if you’re going to have a good team,” said Painter, whose team finished last in the Big Ten with a 5-13 league record during the regular season.

The Boilermakers’ season was summed up in three plays late in the game Thursday.

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