Thursday, January 03, 2002
Strong shooting lifts OSU
Hits 61 percent in win over Purdue
The Associated Press
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Boban Savovic scored 18 points and Terence Dials had 16 as Ohio State beat Purdue 79-71 Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Purdue's Brett Buschler, left, is called for the block as he attempts to draw a charge from Ohio State's Slobodan Savovic.
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The Buckeyes (9-2, 1-0) followed up their 64 percent shooting against UNC-Greensboro with a 61 percent effort Wednesday.
Zach Williams and Brian Brown each scored 14 for the Buckeyes. Dials made all six of his shots, Williams was 6-of-8 and Savovic was 7-for-11.
Willie Deane scored 27 points and Darmetreis Kilgore had 18 for the Boilermakers.
Ohio State shot 70 percent in the first half to hold a 10-point halftime lead. The Boilermakers (8-7, 0-1) remained close largely because they shot better than 50 percent for only the third time this season.
Brown put Ohio State ahead 57-54 with a 3-pointer midway through the second half, starting a 10-2 run.
Maynard Lewis converted a 3-point play and a Rodney Smith bucket pulled the Boilermakers to 67-61 with 6:10 left. But they could never get a serious rally going and never got closer than six points of the lead.
Both teams started strong, seemingly making a basket on every possession. The Buckeyes missed only three of their first 13 attempts and led by six.
Purdue climbed back in on the strength of its 3-point shooting. The Boilermakers were 10-for-21 from 3-point range. Deane, who made 6 of 10, hit one with 2:32 to go in the first half to tie the game at 30.
Savovic countered with a 3-pointer to start a 12-2 run that closed out the half and gave the Buckeyes a 42-32 lead.
The Boilermakers made eight of their first nine shots in the second half to start a 15-2 run. Kilgore hit a 3, then made the foul shot for a 47-46 edge 5 minutes into the half.
Both teams swapped leads before Brown put the Buckeyes ahead for good.
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