Feb. 2, 2005

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AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State ruined Matt Painter’s unscheduled debut as Purdue’s head coach.

With Gene Keady back home fighting the flu, Painter took over and was tagged with a 75-65 loss on Wednesday night.

Je’Kel Foster’s 15 points led five players in double figures for the Buckeyes (15-7, 4-4 Big Ten), winners of three in a row.

Carl Landry scored 23 points, David Teague 14 and Brandon McKnight 12 for Purdue (5-14, 1-7), which hasn’t won in Columbus in seven years.

The Boilermakers, who had lost seven in a row before beating Michigan 84-55 on Sunday, outrebounded Ohio State 43-28 but had 20 turnovers and were outscored 21-5 at the line.

Keady missed the Boilermakers’ practice on Tuesday and told Painter – scheduled to be his successor next year – to take over while he tried to recover at home.

It was the first time Keady has missed a game in his 830 starts as a college head coach spanning 27 years and stops at Purdue and Western Kentucky.

J.J. Sullinger scored 13 points – hitting all eight of his free throws – while Matt Sylvester had 12 points, Tony Stockman had 11 and Terence Dials also had 11 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State led 33-30 after a give-and-take first half in which there were four ties and 13 lead changes.

The Buckeyes scored the final four points of the half – taking the lead for good on Stockman’s 3-pointer – and then reeled off 11 of the first 13 points of the second half to go up 44-32. Four players each hit a 3 during the 15-2 run.

The Boilermakers drew as close as 44-37 but managed just one field goal over the next 5 minutes to fall behind 56-39. They never got closer than nine points again.

Ohio State had five fewer field goals than Purdue, but hit 10-of-24 3-pointers, 21-of-30 free throws and matched their season low with seven turnovers.

Ohio State had intended to present Keady, who was taking a team up against Ohio State for the 45th time, with passes to the annual Memorial Tournament PGA event in nearby Dublin, a Muirfield Village Golf Club hat and 12 dozen golf balls.

Painter was selected to replace Keady after this, his 25th year at Purdue. A former Boilermakers player, Painter was a head coach a year ago at Southern Illinois and is using this season to ease the transition.