Win Streak Reaches Three as Buckeyes Dispatch Purdue 67-49

By Kyle Rowland on February 8, 2014 at 7:44p
Sam Thompson showed up with his mates.

Ohio State didn’t need Lou Brown to deliver the news. Head coach Thad Matta was sufficient enough. The Buckeyes are once again on a winning streak.

Friendly February yielded more positive results for Ohio State on Saturday as it flicked away upset-minded Purdue 67-49 in primetime at Value City Arena. It’s the Buckeyes third consecutive win after losing five of six to end January near the bottom of the Big Ten standings.

Player Pts Reb PF A TO Blk Stl Min
Ross 17 6 1 1 0 0 0 33
Thompson 8 3 2 0 0 0 0 22
Williams 9 5 3 4 3 0 3 26
Craft 7 3 1 4 3 0 3 36
Smith Jr. 16 3 1 5 0 0 0 33

“I think we are a way better team. It’s a group effort,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said. “When everyone is making shots, I think we're almost unstoppable on offense.”

Ross led Ohio State's scoring effort with 17 points. Lenzelle Smith Jr., in his 100th start, connected on four three-pointers to score 16 points.

“It definitely opens things up for us,” Matta said. “We like Lenzelle to take those shots when he is open. I like seeing him playing like a senior.”

It took four minutes for the Buckeyes to warm up, but the almost 10 minutes that followed were dominant and resounding. Ohio State scored 10 straight points in a run that eventually reached 20-5. During the stretch, Purdue was 2-of-15 shooting with three turnovers. 

After missing its first six shots of the game, the Buckeyes finished 46.3 percent from the field and were 8-of-19 from long range.

“It was all stimulated with our defense,” Smith said. “Our stops led to great offense. It picks us up as a team. Guys were high-fiving, and it was an electric feeling in the building.”

“I like the way we are playing right now.“– Thad Matta

Two players who’ve drawn the ire of fans – Amir Williams and Shannon Scott – factored largely in the Buckeyes widening their lead. In eight first-half minutes, Williams finished with four points, four rebounds and three blocks. A majority of those stats coincided with Purdue big man A.J. Hammons sitting on the bench.

Scott scored five straight points during Ohio State’s 20-5 run. The duo finished with a combined 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.

“I think I got my edge back a little bit,” Scott said. “I know coming off the bench, you’ve got to bring a spark to the team, so I feel right now that’s my role and I’m able to do that by being aggressive. I’ve got to keep doing that every game.”

During the Buckeyes’ resurgence, they’ve displayed a newfound confidence in crunch time. After the Boilermakers whittled a 10-point Ohio State advantage to three with nine minutes left, the Buckeyes outscored Purdue 19-4 the rest of the way. The Boilermakers committed six turnovers in the crucial stretch, including five in seven possessions.


  • Ohio State held Purdue to a season-low 49 points.
  • Smith Jr. hit three bombs. Ohio State is 7-0 this season when he makes at least three triples.

Purdue’s leading scorer – Terone Johnson – was limited to 1-of-8 shooting on the night with three points.

“We self-destructed and turned the ball over, and you can’t do that against a team like Ohio State,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said.

In three games off the bench, Scott has scored 29 points on 50 percent shooting. He’s also recorded, seven rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Scott started the first 21 games before asking Matta to play a reserve role.

It started going downhill for Scott when the losses piled up. He became a less efficient player on offense and began fouling, which was uncharacteristic of the defensive stalwart. He admitted to deferring to senior Aaron Craft at times when other options were open. The pass-first, shoot-last mentality wasn’t always the team’s best selection.

But the two point guards have since meshed, scoring 60 points during Ohio State’s three-game win streak.

For the time being, the Buckeyes occupied fourth place alone in the Big Ten standings. That could change pending the outcome of the Wisconsin-Michigan State game. Ohio State is 19-5 overall and 6-5 in the conference. It hosts 10th-ranked Michigan on Tuesday night.


Comments Show All Comments

pabdublin78's picture

Great win and good to see Smith Jr make a few threes. We will need them against TTUN.  

+3 HS
buckeye4life050233's picture
TheSpiteHouse's picture

I don't know what to say...after the Penn St. loss I was exasperated. After the last three games, I'm a good way.

+6 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Nice win Buckeyes - Stephens will be a great shooter for the B-makers in the future and it was nice seeing that we took advantage of a weaker team. Nice home win now go beat those _olverines

+2 HS
Mute's picture

About time they won a game that didn't give me panic attacks throughout

+3 HS
ScarletNGrey01's picture

So if the bucks win out the regular season and win the B1G tournament I wonder what they will be seeded in the big dance!?


The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

+2 HS
ScarletNGrey01's picture

All kidding aside, I really do think the remaining schedule for the bucks sets up nicely for the potential to finish with a good record and secure a spot in the NCAA.  Basketball is a funny sport sometimes, teams can gel at the end of the season, a couple of guys get hot and anything can happen.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

OSUEXT's picture

If we win out, we are probably a low 2 or High 3. Overall Seed somewhere between 7 and 10. 

That being said, we have three highly probable wins against Northwestern, at Illinois and at Penn State. Games at Indiana and Minnesota we should be favored. If we maintain or have a small dip in play, concerns about us making the tournament aren't real. If we end up around .500 in the conference, no way we get left out of the dance. Right now, we are probably on a 4/5 line. 

Poison nuts's picture

If they win out, they are definitely a 2 seed, possibly even a 1. 

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

-1 HS
buckeye4life050233's picture

As bad as Amir looks most of the time on the court he came out with energy and was involved tonight.  Once we get up by 5-10 pts on teams though he gets pretty lackadaisical on defense and gives up tons of easy buckets and rebounds that he should eat up.  Overall a good win tonight.  The B1G ten race will easily be a 4 loss team this year for first place because it is a crapshoot night in night out 

+3 HS
Woodysghost's picture

Couldn't agree more. I feel like when i watch him play he puts all his energy in two or three plays then just coasts for the next 15. It was nice hearing that he was a little more energetic for the game tonight. Hopefully he can keep it up. 

+1 HS
dbit's picture

For as much as people still like to say that Amir is a bust or terrible, there is a huge difference between AW from this year and last, mostly in terms of energy and aggression.

+3 HS
Bucks Forever's picture

Our starters (plus Scott) are seeming to come on, which is great at this time of year. It also feels like the team is starting to find their identity. It would be nice though if ADV became more consistent and Loving started giving us anything out there.

+1 HS
TMac's picture

BEAT *ichigan!!! 

ONE Not Done!

+2 HS
Shayla39's picture

Tuesday should be very a interesting game especially after TSUN got taken to the woodshed today.

+4 HS
Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Nicely done guys!!! Now it is time to kick the shit out of TTUN

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

+3 HS
Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

TTUN has always sucked, but now its time to focus on it. 

Read my entire screen name....

IGotAWoody's picture

Remember back when people were questioning whether this team would get to 20 wins?! LOL!! 

That was just 4 games ago.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

ScarletGray43157's picture

They have 19 wins now.  A good shot at 20, but I hope the team is not counting wins ahead of time.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

+1 HS
IGotAWoody's picture

Agreed, but I think the evidence shows that, by this point in every season, one of Matta's strengths is getting his team focused on the present and making the next game the only point of emphasis. Go BUCKS, finish STRONG!!!

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

GoBucksOSU's picture

Good job Bucks. Now beat TTUN.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

“When everyone is making shots, I think we're almost unstoppable on offense.”

Whoa there, fella. Winning can make you say crazy things. Great win. Hope LaQ and Co. have me eating my words.

+2 HS
gumtape's picture

Who is Lou Brown? Isn't he the guy who works at Tire World? Can he get me some whitewalls?


High and tight boo boo

+1 HS
buckeye4life050233's picture
+2 HS
Crumb's picture

Now for the big one...

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

buckeye4life050233's picture
+2 HS
ScarletGray43157's picture

20 wins will get Ohio State into the Big Dance, in my opinion.  Anything can happen from there.  The wins are at 19 of this posting so they have a shot to win 20 or more but another losing streak could leave them at 19-12 at the end of the regular season in a worst case scenario.  I'm not expecting the worst case with the way they have been playing, and there are several home games left before the B1G tournament which helps, but even with the talent that they have I'm still puzzled by the losing streak and not convinced they have it turned around.  They are still missing easy shots although the defense and overall intensity are improved.

Some folks are posting about OSU winning out for the rest of the season, including the B1G tournament.  Winning out?  Well, if that happens OSU will get a good seed and be on a real good roll going into the NCAA tournament.  I would love to see that happen.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

OSUFlash's picture

It was nice to see Lenzelle step up and hit some huge shots and Q driving the lane and finishing. Thompson and Scott picking up their scoring too. Re-watch the 7min and 55 seconds to go in the game and you'll see why Aaron Craft is the heart and sole of this team. He his a grown ass man period!


+1 HS
buckeye4life050233's picture
buckeye4life050233's picture
ghalephoto's picture

The best thing L. Smith did was once he hit a few shots he didn't force anything.  He played in the rhythm of the offense for the 1st time all season.  Great to see.