Balanced Buckeyes topple Boilermakers, cling to NCAA hopes

Purdue's Jahaad Proctor, left, looks for an open pass as Ohio State's Duane Washington defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Purdue 68-52. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Buckeyes kept their NCAA hopes alive, topping Purdue 68-52 for their fifth win in the past six games, pulling to .500 in the Big Ten for the first time since December.

All eight Buckeyes to play hit the scoreboard, led by Kyle Young with 16 and Kaleb Wesson with 13 and a season-high four steals.

Luther Muhammad scored 11.

Purdue head coach Matt Painter reacts to a referee's call against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Purdue 68-52. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Evan Boudreaux contributed 17 for the Boilermakers, while Jahaad Proctor added 15.