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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – E’Twaun Moore scored a career-high 38 points to lead No. 11 Purdue past No. 2 Ohio State 76-63 on Sunday, capping a week that saw the top four teams in the AP Top 25 lose a game.

Moore tied a career high with seven 3-pointers. He surpassed 2,000 points during a flurry of 13 in the final 3:49 of the first half, becoming the fifth player in school history to reach the milestone.

JaJuan Johnson added 13 points and six rebounds for Purdue (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten), which avenged an 87-64 loss at Ohio State on Jan. 25.

Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and added 11 for the Buckeyes (25-2, 12-2), who have lost two of three after winning their first 24 games.Jon Diebler

With losses in the past week by No. 1 Kansas, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Pittsburgh, the Buckeyes entered the game in line to reclaim the No. 1 ranking they dropped after losing at Wisconsin on Feb. 12.

Instead, Ohio State now finds itself in a dogfight for the conference title. The Buckeyes, who could have all but sealed the championship with a win, now have a one-game lead with four to play.

Purdue shot 51 percent overall after hitting just 38 percent in the first matchup. The Boilermakers held the Buckeyes to 6-for-22 shooting in the second half.

Diebler entered the game one 3-pointer short of the Big Ten career record of 331 set by Penn State’s Pete Lisicky from 1994-1998. Diebler tied the record on a feadeaway as the shot clock expired that gave Ohio State an 11-5 lead, and broke it on a shot from the right corner 1 minute into the second half.

Ohio State led 28-24 in the first half before Moore took over. He hit a 3-pointer, then scored on an acrobatic fastbreak layup to give Purdue the lead. He followed that with two more 3s to give the Boilermakers a 35-30 lead.

David Lighty’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in the first half cut the lead to two, but Moore drained a jumper over Lighty in the closing seconds of the half to push Purdue’s lead to 37-33. The Boilermakers forced nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Moore found a streaking Terone Johnson with a behind-the-back pass, and Johnson’s layup gave Purdue a 48-42 lead. Moore then made a long jumper to push the lead to 10 for the first time.

Ohio State hung around while Purdue took questionable shots. Sullinger drove for a powerful two-handed dunk and was fouled. His free throw cut Purdue’s lead to 56-51.

Moore hit a fadeaway, then his sixth 3-pointer, to increase Purdue’s lead to 61-53.

 

No. 2 Ohio State 63 (25-2, 12-2), No. 11 Purdue 76 (22-5, 11-3)                                                     
Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, Ind.
February 20, 2011
Attendance: 14,123
POSTGAME NOTES
 
 TEAM

  • The Buckeyes’ 25-2 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0).
  • As a ranked team, Ohio State is 386-107 all-time. The Buckeyes are 34-1 at home over the last two seasons. They are 4-2 this season vs. ranked teams.
  • The Buckeyes are now 19-8 when ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State moves to 12-5 vs. Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is 40-4 in its last 44 games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray fall to 28-3 in their last 31 Big Ten games, including 19-2 in their last 21 conference games.
  • The Buckeyes are 123-19 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
  • When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 265-58 with wins in 56 of its last 61 outings.
  • The Buckeyes are 76-83 vs. the Boilermakers all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 713-660.
  • Ohio State falls to 24-54 vs. Purdue in West Lafayette.
  • Ohio State is 22-5 vs. Purdue when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, including wins in seven of the last nine meetings as a ranked team.
  • The Buckeyes are 6-3 vs. Purdue when both teams enter the game ranked nationally.
  • Ohio State has won 13 of their last 15 true road games dating back to the 2009-10 season (The losses were at No. 13 Wisconsin, 2/12/11 and Purdue Sunday).
  • The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 46.2 percent of total scoring for the season (956/2069), including 35 of Ohio State’s 63 total points against Purdue.
  • Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 400 career starts and 505 games played.
  • This is the 252nd-consecutive game Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
  • The Buckeye’s boast two of the top three conference leaders in steals. Aaron Craft leads the Big Ten with 1.73 spg and David Lighty is third with 1.65 spg. Against Purdue, they had a combined eight steals. Ohio State leads the Big Ten as a team in steals. They had 12 steals vs. the Boilermakers.

THAD MATTA

  • The 25-2 record to begin the season is the best start for Thad Matta at Ohio State (previous best was in 2005-06, when the team began 11-0).
  • This season is the seventh-consecutive year Matta has guided the Buckeyes to a 20-win campaign. That extends the longest streak in Ohio State history.
  • Matta has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last six seasons. That effort surpassed Fred Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the five seasons from 1960-64. Those were during 14-game regular-season slates. The Big Ten played a 16-game schedule in Matta’s first three seasons (8, 12, 15 league wins) and an 18-game schedule the last four (10, 10, 14, 11).
  • Since Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, the Buckeyes have amassed 80 Big Ten wins, tied wit Wisconsin for most in the conference.
  • Matta has won at least 20 games in each of his 11 seasons as a head coach. Only Mark Few (Gonzaga), among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career.
  • Matta’s career record now stands at 283-87 overall and 181-56 at Ohio State.
  • With the loss, Ohio State is 32-16 in February under Matta and 3-2 this season.
  • Matta is now 11-6 vs. Purdue in his career, with an overall mark of 91-39 against Big Ten opponents.
  • Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 91-39 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 181-56. He is 116-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
  • While outrebounding Purdue 29-27, Ohio State falls to 15-3 on the year and 102-16 under Matta when grabbing more boards than that opponent.

JON DIEBLER

  • With two made 3-pointers vs. Purdue, senior Jon Diebler now has 333 for his career, passing Pete Lisicky (332, Penn State, 1994-98) for most all-time in Big Ten history. Diebler’s 3-pointer at the 16:04 mark in the first half tied the record.
  • Diebler’s 2.73 average of made 3-pointers per game is first in the Big Ten.
  • With two made 3-pointer, Diebler extends his streak to 43 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
  • Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 46.8 percent (73-156) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
  • Diebler’s 46.7 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range is No. 3 nationally.
  • With 11 points against the Boilermakers, Diebler now has 1,368 career points, from tying Brent Darby (1, 368) for 22nd-place in career scoring in Ohio State history.
  • The game vs. Purdue was Diebler’s 134th game donning the Scarlet and Gray, passing Jerry Francis (1986-89) for third all-time.

JARED SULLINGER

  • 11-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 25 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 24 of 27 games.
  • Sullinger also added six rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 9.9 average is second in the Big Ten. He now has 266 rebounds on the season.

WILLIAM BUFORD


• Junior guard William Buford had seven points, pushing his career total to 1,267. Buford is 18 points behind Clark Kellogg (1, 285) for 27th-place in career scoring at Ohio State.

DAVID LIGHTY

  • Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,242 points, 536 rebounds and 342 assists.
  • Lighty has played in 147 games as a Buckeye, the most all-time in an Ohio State uniform. Lighty also leads all NCAA active players in games played (Duke’s Kyle Singler is second with 134).
  • The game vs. Purdue marked senior David Lighty’s 115th career start for Ohio State, moving into sixth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
  • With 10 points, Lighty passed Jim Cleamons (1, 335) for 24th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring. He has 1,342 career points.
  • Lighty had two steal, pushing his Ohio State second-place record to 181.

 
AARON CRAFT

  • Aaron Craft had one assist. He now has 122 assists on the season to just 63 turnovers. Craft averages 4.7 assists/game.
  • Craft also had six steals (his 1.73 average per game is first in the Big Ten).