Buckeyes roll over Boilermakers
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) – Mike Conley Jr. scored 18 points on 6-
of-8 shooting and dished out six assists, as the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes
bested the Purdue Boilermakers, 78-60, at Mackey Arena.
Jamar Butler had 16 points and five rebounds while Daequan Cook netted 12 and
grabbed 10 boards for the Buckeyes (19-3, 7-1 Big Ten), who have won their
last six games.
Greg Oden also scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and pulled down six
rebounds in the victory.
With second-ranked Wisconsin’s 71-66 loss at Indiana, Ohio State pulled into a
first place tie in the Big Ten with the Badgers, who had their nation-best 17-
game winning streak snapped.
Carl Landry poured in 16 points and Tarrance Crump added 11 points for the
Boilermakers (14-8, 3-5), who have lost three of their last four contests.
Chris Lutz’s trey gave the Boilermakers a 14-13 edge, but the Buckeyes
countered with 11 unanswered points, highlighted by Butler’s three, for a
Purdue responded with a 15-4 rally, as Oden picked up his second foul and had
to go to the bench. The streak started with a Gordon Watt three-pointer and
was capped by David Teague’s jumper for a 29-28 lead.
Ohio State led 33-31 at the half. Oden’s struggles from the floor continued
with three points and two rebounds in the opening frame.
He didn’t hit a field goal after the 13:20 mark of the first half in the game
against Michigan State but did drain 8-of-10 from the line in a 66-64 win on
A pair of Landry free throws narrowed the gap to 43-38, but the Buckeyes
tallied seven of the next nine points, including a three-point play from
Othello Hunter, extending the lead to 50-40.
Cook’s free throw with 4:38 to play pushed the score to 66-53, but Purdue
netted seven of the next 10, ending with Crump’s jumper with under three
minutes to play, cutting the deficit to 68-60.
However, that was as close as the Boilermakers would get.
Ohio State shot 53 percent from the floor, while Purdue connected on 38
percent of its shots from the field…The Buckeyes won the battle of the
boards, 38-29…Lutz scored eight points and Teague finished with seven points
and seven rebounds…The Boilermakers play at Penn State while Ohio State
plays at Michigan State on Saturday.