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Boiling Point


Notebook: Purdue implodes against Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Purdue coach Matt Painter didn't hold back after his team's 67-49 loss to Ohio State on Saturday at Value City Arena.

The Boilermakers were within 3 points of the lead with less than 10 minutes to play and got outscored 19-4 in the games final 9 ½ minutes.

Painter said his team imploded and self-destructed, and Boilermakers guard Kendall Stephens agreed.

"We beat ourselves," said Stephens, who lead the Boilermakers with 12 points. "Bad shots, turnovers, missed assignments, that's what got us beat."

Purdue went 10 for 30 from the floor in the first half, missing numerous layups, and ended up trailing Ohio State 31-25 at halftime.

The Boilermakers started the second half strong, making 5 of 7 shots, but Ohio State make 6 of its first 9 second-half shots as its lead climbed to 46-36.

Purdue cut its deficit to 48-45 with 9:23 to play, but shortly there after A.J. Hammons got called for running over Ohio State's Aaron Craft and the Boilermakers (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) turned the ball over five times and only scored twice as Ohio State (19-5, 6-5) closed the game on a 19-4 run.

Purdue has lost five of its last six and will be off until playing host to in-state rival Indiana next Saturday.

And while the Boilermakers could point to their inexperience in games like Saturday, Painter will not let that be an excuse.

"I think it is a younger game now, and there's a lot of teams in our league that have young players that are successful," Painter said. "We've had that. We've had younger teams before be able to play with that maturity. We haven't got that yet."

On point

Painter said he like what point guard Ronnie Johnson and Bryson Scott did in the loss to Ohio State.

Johnson played 27 minutes, went 3-for-7 shooting for six points and had three assists and one turnover.

Scott played 15 minutes, and while the Northrop graduate didn't take a shot, he had four rebounds, two assists and two turnovers.

"I thought we had good point guard play today. I thought Ronnie Johnson and Bryson Scott did a really good job for us. I think you would see a lot more assists for them if we could finish a little bit better.

"Those guys, we really fought them to really sacrifice for our team. I thought offensively they did some really good things for us tonight, we just didn't finish plays."

Good Hammons, Bad Hammons

Hammons scored Purdue's first four points, getting two on a putback dunk and another with a jumper in the paints.

The 7-foot sophomore closed the first half with seven points and six rebounds, evenly distributed with three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.

But Hammons only scored four more points and had one defensive rebound in the second half as he finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Painter said Ohio State didn't do anything special to neutralize Hammons in the second half.

"He just did a poor job of recognizing what is going on," Painter said. "They didn't do anything different than anybody else does. It's not football. There's only five guys out there, there's only so many people you can run at a guy.

"He knows where the guys are to pass. He just got stripped."

Davis produces

Sophomore guard and Fort Wayne native Rapheal Davis has struggled to get results for Purdue since the start of Big Ten play.

Davis had averaged 3.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in the first 10 conference games.

He broke out against Ohio State though on Saturday, knocking down all five of his shots for 11 points.

"Ray's a hardworking guy. He works at it. I thought he went out there and competed. He was a guy that was efficient. He put the ball in the basket, so obviously he got more minutes."

Quick hits

  • Purdue used its 10th starting lineup of the season as senior Errick Peck took the place of freshman Basil Smotherman, who had started the previous 16 games.
  • With Peck in the starting lineup, the Boilermakers had three seniors in their starting five for the first time this season. Terone Johnson and Sterling Carter were the other two starting seniors Saturday.
  • LaQuinton Ross scored 17 for Ohio State, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 16.
  • Purdue fell to 1-12 in Value City Arena