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Men’s Basketball: Purdue falls to Ohio State, 70-66 | Purdue Sports | Lafayette Online
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Men’s Basketball: Purdue falls to Ohio State, 70-66

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Despite Robbie Hummel scoring a career-high 35 points and E’Twaun Moore contributing an additional 19 points, the Boilermakers weren’t able to stop Ohio State as they came from behind to win 70-66.

Robbie Hummel (Purdue), left, blocks the shot of David Lighty (OSU) in the first half.

OSU’s Evan Turner scored a career high 32 points and had nine rebounds in his third game back since missing a month with a fracture in his back. William Buford tallied 19 points and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (12-5, 2-3 Big Ten), who were in danger of falling out of the conference race early.

Purdue (14-2, 2-2) lost their second straight game after tying a school record with 14 straight wins to start the season. Purdue was coming off a 73-66 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday, but this was the first home loss for the Boilermakers this season.

Purdue took an early 13-9 lead before Ohio State responded with a 9-0 run, including three buckets by Buford, to take an 18-13 advantage with 10 minutes to play in the first half.

Hummel responded with perhaps the most impressive 3-point shooting barrage in Purdue history. He made six threes in the final 6:02 of the half to shoot Ohio State out of its zone. The Boilermakers closed the first half on an 11-2 run that included three 3-pointers by Hummel to take a 41-29 lead.

Hummel’s eight threes in the half tied Cuonzo Martin’s school record for 3-pointers in a game set in 1994 and broke the Mackey Arena record of seven in a game. He surpassed his previous career high of 25 before the break.

Ohio State started the second half with a 13-6 run to cut Purdue’s lead to 47-42, but Moore converted a 3-point play to temporarily slow the Buckeyes’ momentum.

The Buckeyes closed to 58-52, but a layup by Moore after an Ohio State turnover, then a fast-break dunk by JaJuan Johnson made it 62-52 with 4:07 to play.

Ohio State responded with a 10-0 run, all on points by Turner, to tie the game. Hummel left the game late with what appeared to be a dislocated finger, but he returned with two fingers on his left hand taped together with 2:04 left.

Hummel made two free throws with 20.5 seconds left, but Ohio State got the ball inbounds against Purdue’s pressure, and Buford converted two free throws with 16.8 seconds left to create the final margin.

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