Ohio State Leads From Start to Finish Earning Win Over Purdue

Ohio State continues to build their post season resume with another conference victory. The Buckeyes treated the home crowd to a 68-52 win over Purdue and improved their record to 17-8. The difference was from three-point range where the Buckeyes were 9-20 and the Boilermakers were only 4-20. Kyle Young paced the scoring with a career high 16 points, also adding 8 rebounds.

After an empty possessions by both teams, Kaleb Wesson opens the scoring with a long three to allow the Buckeyes to start with 3-0 lead. Purdue’s Jahaad Proctor returns the favor with a three to tie the score 3-3 at the 18:16 mark. This would be the last time this afternoon that the game would be tied. Brother Andre Wesson snaps off a jumper behind the arch and captures the lead once again 6-3. Andre is shooting a solid 46% from outside the stripe this year. The Wesson show continues as Kaleb finds Kyle Young under the basket and quickly it is 8-3 Buckeyes.

OSU continued to move the ball down the floor quickly as CJ Walker drives the length of the floor for a sure lay-up that was blocked but called goal-tending. It was clear Coach Holtmann was wanting to start fast out of the gate against the Boilermakers. The block stopped the clock so the Bucks had a 10-3 at the first media time-out.

Out of the stoppage of play, Purdue’s Eric Hunter Jr to stop the bleeding a bit but CJ Walker followed his own 3, then a steal which he once again drove to the basket for his 7th straight point for the Buckeyes and all of the sudden it was 15-6 with the OSU clearly setting the pace.

At the 11:54 spot on the clock, Kaleb Wesson drew a foul along the baseline.  This was significant as it was the first foul called in the game.  It was also the point when Coach Holtmann decided to take Wesson out of the game. From there, the game changed Purdue clearly changed their strategy to bring the ball directly inside. In just a couple of possessions, they had reduced the Buckeye lead to four, at 16-12. Holtmann brings Kaleb back in to help stop the bleeding. That made all the difference as after a couple of 3-point goals by Duane Washington Jr, and Justin Ahrens, and the lead was comfortably back up to 24-12, forcing Purdue to call a second time-out. At this point OSU is 5-7 from 3’s with 5 different Buckeyes draining the net.

Unfortunately for Ohio State Kaleb Wesson picked up his second foul and heads back to the bench with the Buckeyes only two fouls of the game. Once again, Purdue goes back inside, fortunately not all the attempts were falling. But the Buckeyes look out of sync on offense and are not able to add to their lead. This was feeling a little like the Wisconsin game that was tied 15-15 when Wesson went out.  The Badgers took advantage and never looked back.  Could Purdue do the same thing?

 A couple of late scores by the Buckeyes after the Boilermakers had cut it to 27-20, and we finished with a halftime score of 29-20. In the end, only 3 points were shaved from the lead after Kaleb went out. A nice lead but time may have been lost to make it an even bigger lead. The other glaring point was that Kaleb Wesson hit the open three 54 seconds into the game and never took another shot the rest of the half.  This pattern needs to change. For Purdue, they only had 2 points from the bench and was shooting 20% from 3-point land.
To start the second half, the Buckeyes played much like they started the game, fast pace and draining three’s.  When Luther Muhammad drained his first three at the 18:06 mark, Ohio State had a 34-20 lead and Coach Painter was forced to call his third time out. Out of the timeout, Kaleb Wesson got his second basket and it was 36-20. And pretty much set the pace for the second half.  Purdue got some great minutes out of Evan Boudreaux who lead their scoring with 17 on 6-8 shooting but in the end, it was just not enough. Ohio State had the luxury of a comfortable lead the entire second half and now they need to get ready for their next game. Purdue falls to 14-11 overall and 7-7 in the conference.
Both teams entered the game projected to make the NCAA tournament, Ohio State as a 7 seed and Purdue as an 11 seed. Both teams have plenty of games left to improve their stock.

The next time Ohio State hits the floor it will be in Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes. The game will be February 20th at 7:00pm on ESPN.

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