Bucks Use Late Run to Bury Boilers

By Chris Lauderback on March 9, 2012 at 11:07p
AP: Michael ConroyTwo words: BEAST MODE

Nursing a 62-59 edge with just under eight minutes to play, Ohio State used a 17-3 run to take a commanding 79-61 lead with 3:32 left in regulation on the way to an 88-71 victory over Purdue.

The win sets up a rubber match against Michigan with a berth in the conference tournament title game on the line. 

Struggling to points for much of the evening, William Buford went off during the decisive spurt scoring nine points via two and-1's and a triple from the right wing while Deshaun Thomas added six points by way of a relentless putback, a pretty spin for a baseline jumper and a jailbreak to cap the blitz. 

Jared Sullinger was in beast mode all night recording a 30 point, 12 rebound dub-dub while Thomas lit it up for 22 points and seven rips. The two were deadly from the field combining to shoot a ridiculous 21/30. 

Buford finished with 11 points, six boards and five dimes while Aaron Craft added 10 points, six boards and seven assists in 38 gritty minutes. 

Lenzelle Smith Jr. was the 5th Buckeye in double figures with 11 on 5/9 from the floor. 

The Buckeyes shot lights out connecting on 61% overall while holding Purdue to 40% though the Boilers did go for 46% beyond the arc at 12/26. Once again, the threes were aided by Ohio State's struggles to fight through down screens leading to countless wide open looks from the wings and top of the key. 

The 17-3 knockout punch couldn't have come at a better time as Purdue had just taken advantage of two missed free throws from Sam Thompson leading to a DJ Byrd triple, aka a five point swing. 

Sullinger's big night was the product of a renewed emphasis on catching the ball in scoring spots and not wasting any time in facing the bucket and/or starting his move to the hoop which kept Purdue defenders from being able to rotate over in time to double.

Credit Matta on the plan and the entry passers for delivering the ball on time all night long. Craft and Buford were especially on point with a combined 12 dimes. 

For stretches, this looked like the squad that buried Duke back in November. Word.

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 13-3 lead on the strength of 6/9 shooting while forcing Purdue to miss eight of their first nine shots. The Boilers would eventually settle in capitalizing on four OSU turnovers in six possessions to knot the score at 24. 

Ohio State responded with a 7-0 run to take a 31-24 lead with 5:32 left in the half thanks to five points from Smith but Purdue again fought back cutting the lead to 37-36 on a Ryne Smith triple however Sully splashed a trey of his own giving OSU a 40-36 lead at the break. 

He and Thomas combined for 29 points in the opening 20 minutes shooting a collective 13/19 but Purdue kept it close with a 9-0 edge in points off turnovers and six triples. 

Byrd led the Boilers with 20 points and Terone Johnson added 16. 

The Buckeyes advance to face Michigan tomorrow at 4:10 on CBS. Buckle up. It's going to get testy. 


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Rooster Buckburn's picture

That might be the best the Buckeyes have played since Duke - especially in that last 8 minutes.

Bucks's picture

"They can't hug us!" -Painter, who doesn't like Buckeye hugging.

The run at the end was a thing of beauty.


Rooster Buckburn's picture
It sounded like he added a "This is what Ohio State does - hug people".  Ahhh....how kind
FortMeyer's picture

Noticed the movement to get good shots, switching defense in the second half to stop penetration, and pushing the ball up whenever possible instead of walking the ball up the court. Great coaching Thad. Just waiting for the right time to install the changes....sneaky.

osu25's picture

I think Painter needed a hug by the end of the game

LadyBuck's picture

Has anyone tweeted Chris to ask Painter how he feels about hugs?

Good win tonight. I loved the intensity we came out with, and how we ran in transition. This tream is finally starting to click like we all thought they would, and at the absolute right time.

And, HammerAndRails do not like Aaron Craft. It makes me laugh that the have to put up with him for another 2 years.

Joe Beale's picture

We had to put up with Chris Kramer for four years so they can just get over it.

osubuckeye4life's picture

I think March has awakened the sleeping giant. Let's hope they keep it going all the way to  April. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Nice win. I think having that bye really starts working for a team in the second half, although that alone can't explain the excellent shooting.

I'm just glad Robbie Hummel's Big Ten career ended before his Social Security kicked in. It was touch-and-go there.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

FLBuckeye's picture

First time in B1G tourney history that the top 4 seeds all made it to the semis! Should be fun these next two days, can't wait.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

For stretches, this looked like the squad that buried Duke back in November.

Indeed they did.  I've wondered where that team went.  It's bad news for the rest of the Big Ten.  I suspect we'll take down Michigan and fairly comfortably.

Class of 2010.

Brutus's picture

The Buckeyes have been downright nasty in revenge games the last two seasons (Purdue/Wisc last year, IU/Illinois/MSU this year). Let's hope the pattern holds tomorrow. I'll actually be pulling for Wisc in the other game, both for the revenge factor and the fact that it would be very hard to beat MSU twice within a week (if we win tomorrow of course).

Why is it that EVERYONE shoots lights out from 3 against us? That continues to be a major concern. Could be the difference in the tournament.

Burke is going to make us all very sorry Matta didn't offer him. That's looking like a Sam Bowie/Greg Oden type of gaffe (ok, maybe not that bad, but bad).

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That has to be the most under hyped 30 point, 12 rebound game i've ever seen. I'm sure if captain unibrow from Kentucky got it we'd be hearing about it non stop.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Craft looked good pretty much the entire game. I remember one turnover and he almost stole it back.

The rotation on screens, or getting through the screens needs to improve.

Not sure what the hugging thing was about. Gus said it was Craft's legs? He mentioned Craft's defense being good only because he fouls with his legs.... I saw their guys pushing Sully in his lower back all night. Only saw Sully shove one dude in his face. I saw no hugs.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I like Clark. What time is our game? I need to plan my family's life around it y'know....

Joe Beale's picture

4:00 PM on CBS. Prepare accordingly. ;)

Kennywayne34's picture

Yeah I know... wish others in the fam would get the memo

Jack Fu's picture

Going to need to win comfortably today. In the continuing year of "everything coming up maize," Michigan is an astounding 7-1 in Big Ten play in games decided by 5 points or fewer or in OT. (OSU is a rather pedestrian 3-4.) There's something supernatural going on up there. Need to step on their throats early and avoid a close game.

FLAMikey's picture

If Thomas was just half as motivated on defense as he is when he has the ball in his hands, he could be incredible.

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Alex Root's picture

Why are people hating on Aaron craft, I think he has impoved his offense a lot this year, he still needs to improve on it into next year and if he does he will be one of the best PG in college. What I want to know is where is Shannon scott going to get his playing time. Overall I like the way they played last night, we need help from all those people, we can't rely on just a few players. If they play like that it will be tough for anyone to beat them.