Purdue, Zach Edey ended the run of Big Ten tournaments in Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) drives past Purdue Boilermakers forward Mason Gillis (0) during the semifinal game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the United Center in Chicago.

CHICAGO — Justice Sueing stood in the middle of the court waiting for the ball with a smile on his face.

The second half of Saturday afternoon’s Big Ten semi-final game was about to begin, and 13th-seeded Ohio state was losing oil, if not gas. An unprecedented run in the tournament came at a price, and although the Buckeyes had led over No. 1 Purdue for most of the first half, the writing seemed to be on the wall.

Purdue led 42-34, but as Sueing prepared to receive the ball from the referee, he looked across the court, eyed his teammates, and clapped. The sixth-year forward and team captain was ready for what was to come, and the hope was to be back on that court Sunday and playing for an NCAA tournament berth.

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