Ohio State starts strong but can’t keep up with #3 Purdue in 82-55 loss

Brice Sensabaugh goes in for layup at Purdue (courtesy OSU Athletic Communications)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Down one of its big men, Ohio State battled early at No. 3 Purdue, but the Boilermakers found their game and pulled away for an 82-55 victory on Sunday afternoon inside Mackey Arena.

Freshmen Brice Sensabaugh scored a team-high 20 points and was 3-of-6 from long range. He also led the team with five rebounds. This was Sensabaugh’s ninth 20-point game of the season.

Sean McNeil finished in double figures for the second consecutive game, finishing with 10 points on two assists and a team-high three steals.

Felix Okpara started in place of an injured Zed Key and made both of his shot attempts to go along with a season-high four blocks.

Purdue was led by Zach Edey inside as he finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds. The Boilermakers held a 44-21 edge on the glass and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds.

Both teams shot 43 percent in the opening half, but Purdue was able to build a 38-29 lead at the break thanks in large part to free throw. The Buckeyes were whistled for 13 fouls and Purdue made 15-of-19 from the line in the opening half, compared to just 3-of-4 for the Buckeyes. Sensabaugh led the way with nine points but was whistled for three of those fouls.

A 12-3 Purdue run in the second half shoved the lead out to 21 points with 10 minutes to play and the Buckeyes wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the way. Purdue shot 55 percent in the second half to keep control of the game.

Up Next

The Buckeyes return home for the next three games starting with a Thursday night tilt with Penn State. This will be the only game between the two teams this season. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on FS1.