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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ohio State men’s basketball team fell, 86-51, at No. 14 Purdue Saturday afternoon at Mackey Arena. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 18-11 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten while the Boilermakers improve to 22-7, 15-3 in conference play.
Jaedon LeDee led the Buckeyes with 16 points while Duane Washington Jr. scored nine. Carsen Edwards paced the Boilermakers with 25 points while Matt Haarms scored 12 and Aaron Wheeler chipped in with 10.
An Andre Wesson 3-pointer evened the score at 7-7 five minutes into the contest but the Boilermakers caught fire from that point on, outscoring the Buckeyes 25-6 over the next 6:28 to take a 32-13 lead with 8:32 left to play in the half. Purdue, which connected on eight of 14 3-pointers and held the Buckeyes to 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, then pushed its lead to 48-20 at the break.
LeDee led Ohio State with six points at the half while Edwards scored 19 and Haarms added eight points and five boards for the Boilermakers.
Purdue continued its hot shooting after the break, again shooting over 50 percent in the second half, on its way to the victory.
Ohio State closes its road slate with a 9 p.m. ET contest Wednesday at Northwestern.