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Purdue falls to Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Purdue couldn't get the stops it needed and an ill-timed foul by A.J. Hammons turned the game in Ohio State's favor Saturday as the Buckeyes defeated the Boilermakers 67-49 at Value City Arena.

The Boilermakers (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) made 5 of their first 7 shots after halftime, but the Buckeyes (19-5, 6-5) were just as good making 6 of 9 to push their lead to 46-36 with 13:23 to play.

Purdue cut its deficit to 48-45 when Terone Johnson knocked down a 3, but an ill-timed offensive foul by Hammons for running over Aaron Craft opened the door for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State scored the next eight points to push its lead to 56-45 with 5:42 to play. Purdue only got within 11 points of the lead the rest of the way.

The Boilermakers have lost five of their last six and don't play again until playing host to in-state rival Indiana next Saturday.

Kendall Stephens scored 12 points for Purdue, and Hammons and Fort Wayne native Rapheal Davis each added 11.

LaQuinton Ross had 17 points for Ohio State, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 16.

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