After back-to-back signature wins, Ohio State’s winning streak came to an end against Purdue, 60-58, Wednesday night in West Lafayette.
In a game that went that back and forth, Purdue pulled away late from the Buckeyes thanks to a critical 10-0 run to seize a 52-44 lead with under five minutes to play.
D'Angelo Russell, the star freshman guard, hit a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to one point with less than five to play, but it was too little too late in front of a raucous crowd at Mackey Arena, where his last-second heave from half court fell harmlessly back to the court.
|24-57 (42.1)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||19-45 (42.2)|
|4-15 (26.7)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||3-12 (25)|
|6-9 (66.7)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||19-27 (70.4)|
Without sophomore forward Marc Loving, who “temporarily lost his privilege to wear the Scarlet and Gray” the school announced an hour before the game, the Buckeyes shot 42 percent and committed 12 turnovers — six of which came in the first 11 minutes of the game. Senior center Amir Williams, who came off the bench, added 10 points.
They were buoyed by the freshman duo Russell and Jae’Sean Tate, who combined 28 points and 13 rebounds. The pair also had a total of seven turnovers.
Junior center A.J. Hammons — a 7-foot, 260-pound load under the basket — imposed his will against Ohio State inside the paint, notching seven blocks and six rebounds. His presence limited the Buckeyes' inside game and forced them to take jumpers around the basket.
The win is the Boilermakers first over the Buckeyes in seven tries.
Ohio State — which fell to 2-5 on the road — plays Rutgers Sunday in Piscataway.