The Buckeyes traveled to West Lafayette, IN to wrap up 2013 and kick off the B1G Conference play. Mackey Arena provides a great college basketball venue, and both teams responded, with Ohio State coming out with a 78-69 win.
Several players had excellent performances today. Ohio State had LaQuinton Ross’ career high 25 points and 12 rebounds, Lenzelle Smith Jr’s 14 points and Aaron Craft’s 10 assists. Craft did this with no turnovers. That’s right, no turnovers. For Purdue, the Johnsons, Ronnie (16 pts) and Teron (13 points) had great games, but center AJ Hammons was outstanding with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Ohio State started out well enough with some good, patient ball movement, resulting in two quick baskets by Amir Williams and LaQuinton Ross. AJ Hammons responded with two free throws and a basket to keep pace.
Offensively, Purdue was having early success with the off guard coming across the key and either taking a jump shot at the foul-line extended or continuing the drive to the basket.
At the 12:00 mark, two free throws by AJ Hammons put Purdue up 17-15, but a tremendous end-to-end play by Aaron Craft resulted in a layup to tie it at 17-17. By the 10-minute timeout, Purdue moved ahead 19-17 on a Bryson Scott jumper. Despite the promising start, the OSU offense was stalling at the line (0-3) and from the perimeter (1-8), with Lenzelle being 0-3 at this point. Not good.
The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0) have done pretty well in nonconference play, and hope to continue their Big Ten opener on New Year’s Eve with a 1:00 PM EST game in West Lafayette, IN. The Boilermakers come into this game with a record of 10-3.
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School: Purdue University
The Boilermakers (10-3) are coming off a solid road win in Morgantown, WV against The Fighting Huggins’s, 73-70. Purdue got off to a strong start (7-0), before going two for four in the Old Spice Classic. Matt Painter seems to still be trying to settle into his “starting” lineup. The basic lineup consists of 3G/2F, it’s just a matter of who gets penciled into the lineup. Two of the guard spots are filled by the Johnson Boys; Terone (6’4″) and Ronnie (6’0″). Bryson Scott and Kendall Stephens have also seen significant playing time at guard. The forward positions have been filled more often by Basil Smotherman (6’5″), Jay Simpson (6’10″) and Travis Carroll (6’9″). A.J. Hammons (7’0″) brings a good bit of size to the paint. Read More