COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team cruised to a 68-52 victory over Purdue Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 17-8 on the year, 7-7 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers fall to 14-12 overall, 7-8 in conference play.
The Buckeyes travel to Iowa at 7 p.m. ET Thursday.
Kyle Young paced the Buckeyes with a career-high 16 points to go along with seven boards while Kaleb Wesson went for 13 points, eight boards and four assists and Luther Muhammad added 11 points. Evan Boudreaux led Purdue with 17 points while Jahaad Proctor chipped in with 15.
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 15-6 lead with 14:20 remaining in the opening half, connecting on six-straight shots from the field, including three in a row from CJ Walker. The Boilermakers trimmed it to 16-12 after an Boudreaux layup with 9:42 left to play but Young followed with a pair of free throws and Duane Washington Jr. and Justin Ahrens hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead back to 12 at 24-12 before the Buckeyes took a 29-20 lead into the break.
Walker led the Buckeyes with seven points in the opening half while Andre Wesson added six. Proctor led Purdue, which shot just 32 percent (8-for-25) from the field in the opening half, with seven.
Ohio State scored the first seven of the opening half on bucket by Young and Kaleb Wesson sandwiched around a Muhammad 3-pointer to push the lead to a game-high 16 at 36-20 at the 17:37 mark. Purdue used a 6-0 spurt midway through the half to cut the Buckeye lead to 45-36 with 10:17 left to play but the Buckeyes answered right back with threes from Kaleb Wesson and Muhammad as they cruised to the victory to even their record in conference play.
For the game, Ohio State held a 33-26 advantage on the boards and limited the Boilermakers to 35.2 percent (19-for-54) from the field and 20 percent (4-for-20) from deep.