WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Grady Eifert began the barrage. His 3-pointer four-and-a-half minutes into Purdue's game against Ohio State on Saturday broke a 7-7 tie and began a nearly six-minute stretch without the Boilermakers missing a shot.
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By the time Purdue missed its next shot, it had made seven field goals, including five 3-pointers in a row, and pulled out to a 23-13 lead. The Boilermakers didn't end there, though.
As the teams headed into their respective locker rooms for halftime, Ohio State was looking at an unrecoverable from 28-point deficit that only worsened. Purdue continued its dismantling of the Buckeyes in the second half, eventually beating them, 86-51, Saturday afternoon at Mackey Arena.
Ohio State's 35-point deficit was the worst of the season.
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Carsen Edwards contributed 19 of his 25 points in the first half, scoring nine points during an 11-2 run about 10 minutes into the game. Purdue had a 46-20 lead with time running out in the first half, and the crowd wanted Edwards to hoist a 3-pointer to match the football team's winning score versus the Buckeyes in the fall of 49-20, but he settled for a layup.
Purdue hit 57.6 of its shots and went 8-for-14 from beyond the arc in the first half, scoring 48 points, the most the Buckeyes have allowed in a half this season.
Without Kaleb Wesson, who missed the game with a suspension, Ohio State didn't have much offensive firepower and hit just 33 percent of its shots. It went 2-for-19 from beyond the arc.
Jaedon LeDee led the Buckeyes with 16 points. Kyle Young added seven points and eight rebounds. Duane Washington Jr. had nine points, and Keyshawn Woods scored seven.
Purdue's win clinched the team's regular-season series sweep of Ohio State. The Boilermakers also beat the Buckeyes, 79-67, on Jan. 23.
Next up: Ohio State heads to Evanston, Illinois, to take on Northwestern at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be broadcasted on BTN
- Kaleb Wesson missed the game due to a suspension for a "violation of Ohio State Athletics Department policy." Chris Holtmann said he expects Wesson to be back this season but did not say when he might return.
- With Wesson out, Jaedon LeDee entered the starting lineup for the second time this season. LeDee started alongside C.J. Jackson, Luther Muhammad, Justin Ahrens and Andre Wesson. This was Ohio State's ninth starting lineup of the season.
- In the first half, the final seconds of Indiana's upset win against Michigan State were shown on the video board, and the Mackey Arena crowd cheered loudly at the result.
- Purdue played a video promoting football season tickets on the screen in the arena during the first half, and it finished with highlights from the football team's win against the Buckeyes in the fall, eliciting a cheer from the crowd.
- Gene Keady, the all-time winningest coach in Purdue history, was given a standing ovation during the second half.