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Boilermakers get big victory

No. 11 Purdue played its best game of the season when it needed it most.

A loss against No. 2 Ohio State on Sunday would have meant the end of the Big Ten championship hopes, giving the Buckeyes a two-game lead with four to play.

Instead, E'Twaun Moore was a beast, scoring a career-high 38 points on 13-of-18 shooting, including tying a career high with seven three-pointers.

Moore was crazy impressive -- best game I've seen from him in four years and not just because of his offense.

He had five assists, including a pretty behind-the-back one on the break that led to a basket.

He played solid defense, spending time defending William Buford (seven points) and David Lighty (10 points).

He had two steals -- and it was after one of those that he delivered the behind-the-back pass to Terone Johnson.

And it was the WAY he scored. He hit big shot after big shot and, more importantly, took mostly good shots. There have been times in his career when it's felt like Moore presses on offense and doesn't take shots within the offense. But not Sunday.

"To beat a great team like Ohio State, somebody has to be special. E'Twaun was special," coach Matt Painter said.

  • Purdue's student section, the Paint Crew, was great. The noise level was as loud as I've heard it in Mackey. And they pulled out a fantastic free-throw distractor chant for Jared Sullinger: Singing Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." Sullinger, Aaron Craft and Jon Diebler sing the song -- badly, but it's hilarious -- on a video that's gone viral.
  • So easy to talk Moore after this one, but Purdue really did get a lot of contributions. Travis Carroll and Patrick Bade mixed it up for a combined 12 minutes on Sullinger. Carroll made a pair of baseline jumpers.

    D.J. Byrd was solid with five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers.

    Kelsey Barlow had two baskets underneath in the second half that Ohio State coach Thad Matta called "backbreakers."