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Grant delivers in Columbus

Keaton Grant was sniffling, coughing and sounded worn down Wednesday night.

Entering No. 4 Purdue's crucial Big Ten game at No. 9 Ohio State, Grant wasn't sure how much he'd be able to play because of his condition.

His grit -- and production -- kept him on the floor a season-high 29 minutes.

Grant made 5 of 8 shots, including two three-pointers, to tie a season-high with 13 points and had three rebounds and two assists in the Boilermakers' 60-57 victory in Columbus.

"Keaton was the difference for us," coach Matt Painter said. "Getting 13 points off the bench really helped us and just stepping up making some shots, making some plays."

Grant scored seven consecutive points in the first half to give Purdue a 26-12 lead with about six minutes to play. That stretch included a four-point play.

But perhaps his biggest basket was with Purdue clinging to a 52-48 lead with five minutes left in the game. Grant drove hard to the middle of the lane and got the basket to extend the lead.

"I just know that I've got to be one of the people that steps up as far as scoring, rebounding, defense," Grant said. "Lew (Jackson) and John (Hart) told me I need to step up my game. So I need to pick it up a little more down the stretch. Just doing whatever it takes to win. First time winning in this building, so I just wanted to complete the cycle (and win in every Big Ten city)."

  • For more from the game, including Purdue's defense on Evan Turner, check back Thursday.

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