LaQuinton Ross shines as No. 3 Ohio State edges Purdue

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

West Lafayette, IN, United States (4E Sports) – LaQuinton Ross had a career night as No. 3 Ohio State opened its Big Ten campaign with a 78-69 win over Purdue Tuesday at Mackey Arena.

Ross fired 25 points and grabbed 12 caroms, both career highs, while Shannon Scott added 18 to carry the Buckeyes to their 14th straight victory.

With the victory, Ohio State now has won 10 or more consecutive games in 13 seasons all-time. This also marks the fifth year in which an Ohio State teams has won 10 or more games to start the season.

The Buckeyes have not allowed an opponent to reach 70 points over the first 14 games this season. The 14-game streak without an opponent scoring 70 or more points is the longest for Ohio State since a 22-game streak during the 2010-11 season.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 14 points, Marc Loving had eight while Aaron Craft added seven points and issued 10 of the Buckeyes’ season-high 21 assists.

A.J. Hammons scored 18 points, grabbed 16 boards and blocked five shots, Ronnie Johnson had 16 and Terone Johnson added 13 points and nine boards for the Boilermakers, who dropped to 10-4.

The Boilermakers dominated the early part of the contest but the Buckeyes grabbed the lead after a 6-0 run with 7:06 left in the first half.

Late in the first half, the Boilermakers scored five straight points to take a 33-32 lead but a layup by Smith put the Buckeyes ahead at the break.

It was a close battle in the second half before the Buckeyes finally got control of the game via a 14-5 run sparked by Scott, Ross and Loving.

The Boilermakers came within 71-66 with 1:06 remaining but the Buckeyes sank seven foul shots for a 78-66 advantage.

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