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No. 24 Ohio State finds way to fend off Purdue's last gasp for 63-61 win in Big Ten tourney

  • Purdue guard Bryson Scott goes up for a layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Purdue guard Bryson Scott goes up for a layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson tries to pass the ball against Ohio State's Trey McDonald, left, and Marc Loving in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson tries to pass the ball against Ohio State's Trey McDonald, left, and Marc Loving in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Purdue forward Basil Smotherman dunks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Purdue forward Basil Smotherman dunks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points and Aaron Craft finished with 16 on Thursday, helping No. 24 Ohio State hang on for a 63-61 victory over Purdue in the Big Ten tournament.

The win sent the defending tourney champs into Friday's quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Nebraska.

Purdue (15-17) didn't make it easy on the fifth-seeded Buckeyes.

A.J. Hammons finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while senior Terone Johnson finished with 10 for the 12th seeded Boilermakers, who were eliminated after a seventh straight loss.

The Boilermakers stayed closer than expected, trailing just 30-27 at halftime. They led much of the second half and still had a chance to win it at the end.

Ohio State (24-8) seemingly had control after a 12-3 run gave it a late 59-54 lead with 3:24 left. But after the Buckeyes missed two free throws in the final 15 seconds, Johnson's buzzer-beating 3 came up short.