Soundly beaten on the boards, Cincinnati interim head coach Larry Davis kept his team focused on their goal despite the ejection of forward Octavius Ellis in the second half on a flagrant foul when he put a forearm to the face of Purdue big-man A.J. Hammons.
All that would not matter when the final seconds of the game as the Bearcats were down seven with less than a minute to play. In the final seconds of regulation, sophomore guard Troy Caupain drove to the basket putting up a shot that sat on the back of the rim for what seemed an eternity until fall into the net and evening the score.
However, Purdue came into the game battled tested from their B1G schedule and refused to go away until Bearcats junior guard Farad Cobb made a layup with 28 second left in overtime giving UC their final points of the night.
But the Bearcats were not out of the woods yet as they held on as Vince Edwards missed the last shot for the Boilermakers sending the Bearcats to the next round where they’ll face the top team in the nation Kentucky.