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Feb. 2, 2005

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Ohio State and Purdue faced each other for the 151st timeWednesday. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 73-78 all-timeagainst the Boilermakers. The Buckeyes also improved to 5-0 againstPurdue at Value City Arena. The lead changed hands 13 times in thefirst half. The game also was tied four times.

Ohio State Notes

With the win Wednesday, Ohio State improved its home record to11-1 at Value City Arena and 12-1 in Columbus.

The Buckeyes notched their 15th win of the season, which surpassed the win total of the 2003-04 season, when Ohio State finished 14-16.

First-year Buckeyes Jamar Butler and Je’Kel Foster made theirfirst home start and their second consecutive appearance in the OSUstarting lineup. Senior guard Tony Stockman netted two 3-pointfield goals in the first half to give him 127 career treys, whichpassed former Buckeye Michael Redd for sixth place on the all-time3-point list. The Buckeyes took a 33-30 halftime lead into thebreak. With the win, Ohio State improved to 15-2 when leading atthe half. The Buckeyes also improved its mark to 14-2 when leadingwith 5:00 minutes remaining. The 75-65 win Wednesday improved OhioState to 13-3 when scoring 70 points or more. From 5:44 to 2:19 inthe first half, the Buckeyes went 6-6 from the field and hit threeshots from beyond the arc. The Buckeyes bench outscored theBoilermakers 17-7 in the first half, 15 of which came from MattSylvester and Tony Stockman. Ohio State finished the gameoutscoring the Purdue bench 28-7. Ohio State opened the second halfwith a 9-2 run in the first 4:21 of the second half. The Buckeyestied their lowest turnover tally of the season with seven. OhioState committed seven miscues in the second game of the season vs.Robert Morris on Nov. 16. Ohio State forced the Boilermakers into19 turnovers, which marked the highest turnover total of a Big Tenopponent against the Buckeyes this year. Ohio State scored 17points off the Purdue miscues. Je’Kel Foster finished the game with15 points, improving Ohio State’s record to 6-1 when he scoresdouble figures. Foster recorded four assists, setting a personalbest at Ohio State. Ohio State recorded 10 3-point field goals,marking the sixth time this season the Buckeyes notched 10-plus3-point field goals. Ohio State had five players in double-figures.The game Wednesday served as the sixth time this season the squadhas had four or more players in the double-digits. In those games,the Buckeyes sport a record of 4-2. Ohio State had six playersreach double-digits in the double-overtime loss at LSU on Jan. 15.Junior Matt Sylvester scored 12 points to collect hissecond-consecutive game in double-figures. Sylvester’s double-digitperformance marked the second time he has scored in double-figuresin back-to-back games in his Ohio State career. Junior TerenceDials closed the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds to notch hisseventh double-double of the season and 10th of his career. The 11boards count as the eighth time this season Dials has reacheddouble-digits in rebounds. Junior J.J. Sullinger went 8-8 from thefree throw line Wednesday. In the last two games, Sullinger is15-16 from the line. He also tied a season-best total of threesteals.

Purdue Notes

For the first time in his 25-year career Purdue head coach GeneKeady was not on the bench for the Boilermakers because of illness.Before missing the game against Ohio State, Keady had coached in772 consecutive games. Purdue junior Carl Landry led theBoilermakers with 23 points, which marked the 18th time this seasonhe has scored in double figures.