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Third Ranked Ohio State Edges Purdue 87-84

Jamie Sabau/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, OH) -- The third ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (21-3) hung on and beat Big Ten rival Purdue (15-9), 87-84 in Columbus Tuesday night.

Buckeyes' senior guard William Buford led the way with 29 points.

"They came out ready to play." Buford said after the game. "They threw the first punch. We didn't lock up defensively how we needed to, how we knew to lock up....But down the stretch, we ended up locking up on defense and executing on offense."

The win was Ohio States sixth straight, and gives it a game and a half lead over Michigan St. in the Big Ten.

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