Mr. Clutch: Purdue's Jaden Ivey drills game-winner vs. Ohio State, gets emotional in postgame presser
We might be witnessing the second coming of the Baby Boilers this college basketball season. On Tuesday night, Purdue erased a late deficit to get an important road victory over No. 15 Ohio State, and it was the freshmen who made some key plays in big moments.
Most notably, it was Jaden Ivey who came through in a big way for the Boilermakers in Columbus on Tuesday. With the score knotted at 64-64 with time running down, the freshman crossed over his defender and hit a step-back 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to lift Purdue to a 67-65 victory over the Buckeyes.
It was the fourth-straight win for Purdue, three of which have come on the road. It was also the Boilers’ first road victory against a Top 15 team since the 2012 season, according to Big Ten Network.
THE SYSTEM @martymush
Purdue (+200 ML) beats #15 Ohio State after this clutch three from Jaden Ivey
— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) January 20, 2021
Ivey finished the game with 15 points off the bench, shooting 6-of-12 from the floor and also grabbing 4 rebounds and dishing 2 assists in 27 minutes of action. After the game, Ivey was emotional while speaking with reporters.
“I’ve been struggling, mentally,” Ivey said while fighting back tears. “Just trying to gather myself. And, I know I want to win and I want to win so bad. Just to see that shot go in, it just means everything.”
Ivey was also appreciative that his mother, Niele Ivey, the head coach of Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team, was able to attend the game at Ohio State.
— Andrew Pogar (@AndrewPogar) January 20, 2021
WATCH: "We both love this game so much. I am thankful for her."@IveyJaden with some raw emotions after hitting the GW shot against Ohio State today.
He loved how his Mom @IrishCoachIvey has been there for him, and that she was able to watch the game in person.
WHAT A MOMENT❤️ pic.twitter.com/vkCpvdE1SE
— Mark Skol, Jr. (@markskoljr_WNDU) January 20, 2021
Purdue was led by big man Trevion Williams in scoring, as he had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Sasha Stefanovic added 15 and Eric Hunter Jr. and Zach Edey each had 8.
The Boilers improved to 11-5 on the year and will take on No. 7 Michigan (12-1) on Friday night in West Lafayette.