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Deshaun Thomas too much for Boilers in loss at Mackey

Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas right shoots over Purdue forward Donnie Hale first half an NCAA college basketball game West

Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas, right, shoots over Purdue forward Donnie Hale in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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The Big Number

Purdue averaged 9.3 turnovers in the four games leading up to the Ohio State game, lowering its season average to 12.9.

The Bonus

Purdue coach Matt Painter was asked if he’s surprised about the offensive impact freshman center A.J. Hammons — averaging 10.1 points per game going into Ohio State, second on the team — has made.

“He’s giving us a low-post presence,” said Painter, adding he saw “flashes” from Hammons in high school, including at Oak Hill Academy. “Just trying to get him established and get him touches. It’s really a learning process for him as much scoring the ball as it is passing the ball, understanding where people are, what the defense is doing. He’s a talented guy, and I think he’ll continue to improve.”

Updated: February 10, 2013 6:10PM



WEST LAFAYETTE — Among other things, it was too much Deshaun Thomas for Purdue.

He scored 22 points to pace No. 15 Ohio State to a 74-64 win against the Boilermakers on Tuesday night at Mackey Arena. The junior from Fort Wayne Bishop Luers shot 8-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and added seven rebounds.

Terone Johnson had 18 points and six rebounds for Purdue (7-8, 1-2 Big Ten). A.J. Hammons — again hampered by foul trouble — had 13 points and eight rebounds; and Ronnie Johnson added 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Aaron Crafted had 15 points despite sitting out most of the first half because of foul trouble, and Evan Ravenel had 11 for Ohio State (12-3, 2-1).

The Buckeyes shot 30-of-54 (55.6 percent) from the field, and outrebounded the Boilermakers 38-32.

“They played most of the first half without their starting point guard, and we let too many people get their heads up,” Terone Johnson said. “… Being down 10 (at halftime, 39-29), we felt like we still had a chance. The second half, we came out and fought, but we have to fight like that from the beginning instead of waiting until the end.”

Purdue sandwiched a Rapheal Davis ahead-of the-field dunk off a Ronnie Johnson steal and a Hammons dunk off a feed from Terone for a three-point play around an Ohio State free throw to close to 50-43 with 13:38 left in the game. But Thomas answered with a 3-pointer to re-open a double-digit lead for the Buckeyes.

“He’s just got no conscience,” senior swingman D.J. Byrd said of Thomas in general. “If he catches the ball, even if he’s a little open, he’s 6-7 and he feels like he can get a shot over anybody.”

Hammons picked up his fourth foul with 8:44 left, as Craft drove for a three-point play to make it 64-52.

Terone missed a layup off a Ronnie steal — again, Purdue missed several shots at the rim in this game — that would have drawn the Boilermakers to 70-64 with about four minutes left. Still, Terone hit

two free throws with 2:59 left to make it that score, before Ronnie missed a shot with 2:10 left. Sam Thompson then nailed a jumper at the other end for Ohio State.

“I have to finish those when I’m that close to the bucket, and free throws,” said Ronnie Johnson, who went 1-of-5 from the foul line.

The Buckeyes had led 39-29 at halftime, shooting 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) from the field and outrebounding the Boilermakers 22-11 — after Michigan State had outrebounded them 22-13 in the second half on Saturday.

“I thought they (the Buckeyes) were quicker to the basketball,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said when asked about the rebounding, adding the Boilermakers didn’t take advantage with Craft out. “We obviously didn’t want to let Deshaun Thomas get off to the start that he had (including 14 points in the first half). He’s a tough matchup for a lot of people, including us. He got them off to a good start.”

Ohio State went on a 13-2 run to take a 20-11 lead with 12:10 left in the first, when Hammons picked up his second foul and headed to the bench for the rest of the half. Craft sat the final 15:41 after he was called for his second foul.

The Boilermakers closed to 22-17, but Ohio State then reeled off nine straight points to move ahead 31-17 with 8:19 left in the half for its largest lead of the game.

Byrd said the Boilermakers’ offense got “stagnant” in the first half. Purdue committed just six turnovers in the game, but occasionally reverted to previous games in terms of shot selection.

“We just have five to 10 possessions that are demoralizing for us,” Painter said.



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