, Ohio (PressExposure) April 10, 2009 -- Ohio State fell to Purdue 75-50 after Purdue came off of its worst defensive performance of the season after an 87-78 loss to Michigan to record its largest victory margin in a conference game this season when they played on February 28th at Mackey Arena.
This marks the fourth loss of the last five games for Ohio State, who is now tied for sixth with Minnesota and Michigan in the Big Ten Conference.
Evan Tanner scored a game high of 17 points before he fouled out with 2:41 left on the clock and Purdue leading 67-46. P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons each scored 7 points. As a whole, the Buckeyes shot for 44 percent from the field.
"We did not play well today," Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. "Purdue had a lot to do with that. We didn't have the mindset we needed to come in here and get a victory today. We cut it from 5 to 2 there at the end of the half and in the second half, Purdue kept playing and we didn't."
On the other hand, Purdue shot for 64 percent from the field, with five of their players recording double digit scores. Robbie Hummel led the Boilermakers with 17 points, landing six of 10 attempts. This will mark the second consecutive game that Hummel led with points. Hummel has returned from suffering a hairline fracture in his back. "I feel like I'm really jumping a lot better now," Hummel said. "That's why I'm getting more lift on my shot, and probably why I'm shooting better. When my back was hurting, I was having a hard time running, jumping, moving."
E'Twaun Moore added 11 with 10 rebounds for his second double double, Nemanja Calasan had 14, all in the second half, JaJuan Johnson sank 12 and Keaton Grant netted 10. Purdue out-rebounded Ohio State 35-19.
"We're just really getting everything together, getting used to playing with each other now that Rob's back," Chris Kramer, guard for Purdue said. "It just seems like we've been shooting well, especially in the second half. We get looks in the first half, but they're going down in the second."
The Buckeyes scored the final six points at the break to narrow the lead to 32-26 and the first few minutes of the second half recorded two goals by B.J Mullins to bring the score to 32-30. But Purdue went on an 8-0 run leaving the Boilermakers leading by 10. With 5:46 seconds left on the clock Lewis Jackson netted a jumper and gave Purdue a 20 point lead.
Purdue sank seven of the nine free throws they attempted in the second half.
"I thought we did a good job defending," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. "We didn't want to let them get started. It's important against a team like Ohio State to stop their main guns. You have to keep them off the line and not allow them to get in any sort of rhythm."