Sunday , Mar , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Seniors lift Buckeyes to Big Ten title

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Terence Dials celebrated Senior Day with 20
points and fellow senior J.J. Sullinger added 16 points and eight rebounds, as
ninth-ranked Ohio State won its first outright Big Ten regular season
championship since 1992 with a 76-57 victory over Purdue at Value City Arena.

Jamar Butler tallied 15 points and dished out five assists for the Buckeyes
(23-4, 12-4 Big Ten). Matt Sylvester added nine points and Je’Kel Foster
contributed eight points, eight boards, five assists and five steals in the
club’s fifth straight victory.

Gary Ware attempted to keep Purdue (9-18, 3-13) in the contest behind a game-
high 25 points and five rebounds, but the Boilermakers suffered their fourth
straight loss and finished the regular season in the conference basement.

The Buckeyes held a slim 35-31 lead at the half, but came out of the gates
strong in the final 20 minutes.

Ohio State opened the half with a 19-6 burst to blow the game open. Sullinger
did most of the damage, scoring seven of the Buckeyes’ first nine points,
including a three-point play that increased the edge to 44-33.

Foster buried a three-pointer then Dials’ second inside basket of the half
opened up a 49-33 lead with 15:28 remaining.

Another three-point play by Sullinger pushed the lead to 65-47 with 6:35
remaining and Ohio State cruised to victory from there.

The Buckeyes could not shake free from the pesky Boilermakers in the opening
half, as Purdue stayed close and scored the final four points of the half on
baskets from Bryant Dillon and Ware to get within 35-31.

Game Notes

Purdue finished the regular season with a 0-12 road record…The Boilermakers
still lead the all-time series 78-75, but the Buckeyes swept the season series
including an 80-64 victory in West Lafayette on January 11…Ohio State won
despite making only 4-of-24 from beyond the arc…The Buckeyes converted 20-
of-24 from the charity stripe…Purdue committed 17 turnovers…Dillon had
eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in the loss.