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tBBC OSU MBB Buckeyes Drop 75-64 Thriller to Purdue

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. OSU MBB Buckeyes Drop 75-64 Thriller to Purdue
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    The Buckeyes Men’s Basketball Team met up with # 22 Purdue in West Lafayette this evening. The Buckeyes started the night 12-7 overall and 4-2 in Big 10 play. The Boilermakers began their night 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big 10 as well.

    The game began with a maturity on the Buckeyes part, moving the ball around the court nicely, finally grasping finding the open spot before a shot should-be-dropped.

    Perhaps one of the most thrilling moments of the first half came on a reverse dunk by Daniel Giddens propelling the Buckeyes lead to 22-17.
    Giddens rejection of an Isaac Haas shot certainly had Buckeye Nation experience amnesia from the previous devastations that could-be-referred to as the Indiana and Maryland loses. The Buckeyes were looking good!

    From the bench Kam Williams nailed a pair of three’s with a tally of 14 points. Heading into the half he would lead all on the court. Jae’Sean Tate would finish the half with 9 points of his own and lead the Buckeyes in rebounds with five.

    The Buckeyes led 36-33 heading into to the locker room. The thriller continued into the second half.

    Purdue settled, managing to offset a determined Buckeyes squad. Haas and Swanigan joined teammate Hammons in double figures in scoring by the 10-minute mark.

    The Buckeyes during this same period did not get much help from their starters – only Jae’Sean Tate showing segments of breathing. He increased his total to 15 points in this same period.

    PJ Thompson for Purdue hit a three-pointer at a critical time during a 10-2 run for the Boilermakers with just a hair above six minutes to go in the game. Thad Matta had enough of what he was witnessing, calling a time out in order to review his options – and of course, calm his Buckeyes.

    The young Buckeyes answered his challenge by having a 6-2 run on baskets by Marc Loving and Daniel Giddens that brought them back into striking distance 62-60. However, after poor ball handling and sloppy errors at the hands of the Buckeyes, the Boilermakers pushed up their lead by five points with 2:16 remaining.

    The final twist that failed any Buckeyes hope of a comeback came from Thompson as he hit another three-pointer. It lifted Purdue to 69-61. The Buckeyes would never recover.

    Jae’Sean Tate would have 17 points with 10 rebounds as the game ended. Kam Williams would be scoreless in the second – walking off the court with 14 points – all from the first. AJ Harris would add 10. The greatest disappointment of this game was Kieta Bates-Diop and his 0 points.

    This game showed that the Buckeyes do have a flair for excitement, as they did against Kentucky. They are still young. As they journey into the heat of Big 10 play and the experience that will undoubtedly unfold before them, they can only get better from this. What this means is uncertain. It is up to them. Their heart has to be more prepared to finish with the same punch they begin with…. The funny thing is – they have that punch. Let us hope Coach Matta works his magic and provide them the oomph they need to understand this fact.

    The Buckeyes hope to end this 2-game slide on Monday night as they return to Value City Arena against Penn State.

    I will see you there. Go Buckeyes!

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