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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team fell to Purdue, 79-67, Wednesday night at Value City Arena. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 12-6, 2-5 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers move to 13-6, 6-2 in conference play.
Andre Wesson led Ohio State with a career-high 22 points while Musa Jallow added 12 and Luther Muhammad chipped in with 10. Carsen Edwards poured in 27 for the Boilermakers while Ryan Cline scored 13 and Trevion Williams added 10.
Ohio State took an early 6-0 lead after holding Purdue 0-for-7 from the field before an Aaron Wheeler 3-pointer cut the lead in half at the 15:40 mark. The Buckeyes then extended their lead to 17-8 after a pair of C.J. Jackson free throws with 10:57 left in the half but Purdue used eight Buckeye turnovers to jump-start a 22-1 run over the next 5:40 to take a 30-18 lead with 5:17 to play before heading into the half with a 39-29 advantage.
The Buckeyes connected on 47.6 percent (10-for-21) of their shots from the field in the opening half but turned the ball over 13 times in the first 20 minutes. C.J. Jackson and Wesson, who hit a half-court heave as time expired in the half, led Ohio State with seven points apiece while Edwards paced Purdue with 13.
Ohio State then hit seven-consecutive shots, including a pair of layups from Wesson and two 3-pointers from Justin Ahrens, early in the second half to go on a 13-3 spurt over 3:09, cutting a 51-37 deficit to 54-50 with 12:30 left to play. The Buckeyes trimmed the lead to 58-56 on a Jallow 3-pointer with 10:15 remaining but a Nojel Eastern 3-point play extended the Purdue advantage to 64-58 with 8:44 left and, although Jallow answered with another 3-pointer the Buckeyes’ next trip down the court, Grady Eifert responded with a 3-pointer of his own and Ohio State would get no closer than four the rest of the way.
The Buckeyes finished the contest 23-for-44 (52.3 percent) from the field and 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range but Ohio State could not overcome its 19 turnovers and the Boilermakers connected on 21 of 25 attempts from the free throw line.
Ohio State travels to Nebraska for a noon ET tip Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.