Oden, Buckeyes down Boilermakers
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Greg Oden posted 17 points, a tournament-
record 19 rebounds and four blocked shots, as the top-ranked Ohio State
Buckeyes, on a 16-game winning streak, downed the fifth-seeded Purdue
Boilermakers, 63-52, in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Conference
The Buckeyes (29-3) move on to face either Wisconsin or Illinois in the final
on Sunday, in the hunt for their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2002.
OSU ripped through the Big Ten in the regular season, finishing 15-1 en route
to its second straight title.
Ron Lewis scored 13 points for the top-seeded Buckeyes, who carried a 14- game
win streak into the tourney, and were able to extend that with a 72-62 triumph
over eighth-seeded Michigan in the quarterfinal on Friday. With the outcome,
OSU established a school record for wins in a season with 28.
Carl Landry scored 24 points for Purdue (21-11), which took on fourth-seeded
Iowa in the quarterfinal on Friday and was never really challenged in a 74-55
victory. David Teague notched 12 points and seven boards and Chris Kramer
added eight points as the Boilermakers fell to OSU.
Ohio State controlled the glass early, outrebounding Purdue 25-15 in the first
half, but only held a 29-28 edge at intermission, after the score had
been tied five times.
The Buckeyes sustained their slight edge out of the locker room, and the
Boilermakers drew back within one, 46-45, on Landry’s layup midway through the
But, Ohio State then rattled off seven straight ended by a pair of Lewis free
throws with 5:24 remaining, and Oden’s slam about three minutes later put OSU
ahead by double digits, 58-47.
Both teams shot 36 percent from the floor, the Buckeyes at 23-for-64, and
Purdue at 20-for-55.
Mike Conley Jr. netted 11 points, and Ivan Harris added 10 for the Buckeyes in
the win…Purdue leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 78-72, but the
Buckeyes have won the last eight meetings, including both during the 2006-07