Junior forward LaQuinton Ross scored 17 points and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 16 as No. 25 Ohio State used a late second half surge to steam past Purdue, 67-49, at Value City Arena in Columbus, Saturday night.
The Boilermakers scored the game’s first six points before the Buckeyes went on an 8-0 run to claim the lead and never relinquished it.
Ahead 12-11 with a little more than ten minutes left in the opening period, Ohio State used a 9-0 run fueled by Shannon Scott’s five points which was capped off with Ross’ jumper in the paint to put the Buckeyes ahead 20-11 with 6:33 to go.
OSU still held a nine point advantage with just under a minute left until Purdue’s Rapheal Davis knocked down a triple with 34 ticks left on the clock. Then Ross missed a jumper just before the buzzer and Ohio State headed to the locker room up 31-25 at the break.
To start the second half, the Buckeyes gradually increase their lead and after a defensive rebound by Smith Jr. led to a layup by Scott, Ohio State went ahead 46-36 with 13:26 to go.
But Purdue still had a little left in the coal bin, using a 9-2 spurt to make it one-possession game with 9:23 left after Terone Johnson’s trey cut the Buckeyes’ lead down to 48-45.
Shortly thereafter, the Boilers derailed and Ohio State took command of the game.
On Purdue’s next possession, 7-foot center A.J. Hammons ran over Aaron Craft near the left elbow as he made his way down to the low block, which resulted in an offensive foul and turnover for the Boilers.
On the Buckeyes’ next trip down the court with the orange sphere, Smith Jr. drained a three-ball from the left wing at the 8:34 mark and the game was basically over as Ohio State outscored Purdue 19-5 to close out the contest.
While no other Buckeye scored in double figures, a few were close. Junior center Amir Williams had nine points with five rebounds. Scott chipped in nine points with five assists. Junior forward Sam Thompson contributed eight points and three rebounds. Craft finished with seven points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Ohio State shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the field, 42.9 percent (8-19) from beyond the arc, and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the charity stripe. Purdue was 21-of-50 (42.0%) from the floor, 5-of-13 (38.5%) from three-point range, and 2-of-5 (40.0%) from the foul line.
Defensively, the Buckeyes forced 15 Boilermaker turnovers and scored 18 points off those while only committing seven miscues of their own.
Up next, Ohio State hosts Michigan, Tuesday night. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on ESPN.
In the Wolverines’ last game, Iowa led by as many as 27 with seven minutes to go to blowout Michigan, 85-67, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Saturday.
Caris LeVert scored 22 points and Zak Irwin added 19 for Michigan (17-6, 9-2), who have lost two of three after starting 8-0 in the Big Ten.
Devyn Marble netted a game-high 26 points while Aaron White had 11 points and eight rebounds. Mike Gesell had 10 points and a career-high eight assists for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa led by as many as 16 points in the first half as Marble scored 22 of his 26 points in the opening period.