The Ohio State Buckeyes dropped their 5th straight game tonight as they fell 79-67 to the Purdue Boilermakers tonight. Chris Holtmann got the better of Matt Painter last season in their last-second win. That was not the case tonight. The Buckeyes looked very good, but also very bad at times this evening as they put up another inconsistent performance. They showed more flashes of being a great team, but seemed to make far too many mistakes that Purdue constantly capitalized on to come out with a win in Columbus.
The Bucks started off extremely well jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead and holding Purdue to zero points for over 4 minutes. The Boilermakers started 0-7 from the field before finally converting on a corner three. Musa Jallow also saw minutes early and provided a quick spark off the bench with two quick steals and a dunk that gave the Bucks some continued momentum. Purdue would gain control soon after this however with a 22-1 run that gave them a comfortable double-digit lead. Carsen Edwards was only 2-10 from the field early, but got to the free throw line a solid amount to impact the game. They doubled Kaleb Wesson and forced the role players to shoot, and they rarely converted. Ohio State also begun turning the ball over constantly giving Purdue fast-break layups. They were incredibly lackadaisical with their passes and failed to get back on defense. The Buckeyes would have 13 first half turnovers that surely helped Purdue pull ahead. Kaleb Wesson would also pick up his third foul with just over a minute and a half left in the first 20 minutes. The Bucks were falling far behind, but Andre Wesson would beat the buzzer making a three from half-court to cut the lead down to ten. The Boilermakers lead 39-29 at the half.
The Buckeyes would have a decent start to the half, but would find themselves down 53-40 and with Kaleb Wesson on the bench early with 4 fouls. The Bucks would then turn to playing small ball and forcing Purdue to play at a quicker pace. Andre Wesson would keep his solid night going and turn it into a great night hitting two more early threes and making some exceptional plays at both ends of the floor. Justin Ahrens would also come up huge hitting a couple of threes that helped cut the lead down to single digits. Jallow would hit a couple big threes as well to give Ohio State a ton of momentum. Kaleb Wesson would return soon as well, but committed his 5th foul quickly diving for a loose ball. Ohio State continued fighting, but couldn’t quite climb back into it or match Purdue’s shooting from beyond the arc. Purdue withstood every Buckeye run as they topped them 79-67.
OHIO STATE STANDOUTS
Andre Wesson: 22 points, 3 rebounds, 9/10 FG, 4/5 3PT FG
Musa Jallow: 12 points, 6 rebounds. 5 steals, 1 block
Luther Muhammad: 10 points, 2 steals
Carsen Edwards: 27 points, 4 assists, 5 steals
Ryan Cline: 13 points, 1 steal, 3/5 3PT FG
Matt Haarms: 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks
OHIO STATE STATS
46 3PT FG%
50 3PT FG%
Ohio State started off well, then just became too lazy and fell behind. They would fight back and play extremely well in the second half, but just could not do enough to pull it out tonight. The Buckeyes will look to get a win this Saturday afternoon at Nebraska.
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