Ohio St. 75, Purdue 65
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Ohio State ruined Matt Painter’s unscheduled debut as Purdue’s head coach.
With Gene Keady back home fighting the flu, Painter took over and was tagged with a 75-65 loss on Wednesday night.
Je’Kel Foster’s 15 points led five players in double figures for the Buckeyes (15-7, 4-4 Big Ten), winners of three in a row.
Carl Landry scored 23 points, David Teague 14 and Brandon McKnight 12 for Purdue (5-14, 1-7), which hasn’t won in Columbus in seven years.
The Boilermakers, who had lost seven in a row before beating Michigan 84-55 on Sunday, outrebounded Ohio State 43-28 but had 20 turnovers and were outscored 21-5 at the line.
Keady missed the Boilermakers’ practice on Tuesday and told Painter— scheduled to be his successor next year—to take over while he tried to recover at home.
It was the first time Keady has missed a game in his 830 starts as a college head coach spanning 27 years and stops at Purdue and Western Kentucky.
J.J. Sullinger scored 13 points—hitting all eight of his free throws— while Matt Sylvester had 12 points, Tony Stockman had 11 and Terence Dials also had 11 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State led 33-30 after a give-and-take first half in which there were four ties and 13 lead changes.
The Buckeyes scored the final four points of the half—taking the lead for good on Stockman’s 3-pointer—and then reeled off 11 of the first 13 points of the second half to go up 44-32. Four players each hit a 3 during the 15-2 run.
The Boilermakers drew as close as 44-37 but managed just one field goal over the next 5 minutes to fall behind 56-39. They never got closer than nine points again.
Ohio State had five fewer field goals than Purdue, but hit 10-of-24 3-pointers, 21-of-30 free throws and matched their season low with seven turnovers.
Ohio State had intended to present Keady, who was taking a team up against Ohio State for the 45th time, with passes to the annual Memorial Tournament PGA event in nearby Dublin, a Muirfield Village Golf Club hat and 12 dozen golf balls.
Painter was selected to replace Keady after this, his 25th year at Purdue. A former Boilermakers player, Painter was a head coach a year ago at Southern Illinois and is using this season to ease the transition.