Thursday, January 30, 2003

Purdue 70, Ohio St. 65


Keady technical whips up Boilermakers

By Dan Gelston
The Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Trailing midway through the second half, Purdue coach Gene Keady had seen enough. His loud and profane outburst at the officials over a disputed foul call led to a technical and points for Ohio State. It also motivated Purdue.

Willie Deane scored a season-high 27 points and Kenny Lowe added 14 as Purdue beat Ohio State 70-65 Wednesday night for Keady's 250th career Big Ten victory.

"I was mad. It was ridiculous," Keady said of the officiating. "Just let us play."

The Boilermakers (13-4, 5-1 Big Ten) equaled last year's total in both overall wins and Big Ten wins. They're 11-0 at home for the first time since the 1983-84 season.

With No. 13 Illinois beating Michigan 67-60 on Wednesday, the Boilermakers, with a 6-1 January, moved closer to the top of the Big Ten standings. Michigan is 6-1 and Purdue is 5-1.

"To lose one game in January, we feel pretty good about that," Keady said. "Now we're going into the month where people make it or fall by the wayside. It's a big month in Division I basketball."

The Buckeyes (9-9, 2-5) appeared to have control midway through the second half.

Keady was whistled for a technical for arguing a blocking call on Brett Buscher. The Buckeyes got four points out of that play and built their lead to 52-44 with just under 10 minutes remaining.

"I thought I lost the game. I really did," Keady said. "I thought, 'how dumb can you be?"'

Not very dumb at all, it turned out.

"He was just trying to fire us up and fire up the crowd," Lowe said. "It worked."

The Boilermakers rallied and took the lead for good when two free throws by Deane made it 64-63 with 2:30 left.

Deane made up for an off night from the field - 4-for-13 - with a strong showing from the free-throw line, making 17 of his 19 attempts while scoring more than 20 points for the sixth time this season. He hadn't made more than eight free throws in a game this year.

Deane said he was able to draw fouls by aggressively attacking Ohio State's two-three zone defense.

"They had gaps in the zone, so all I tried to do was be aggressive, penetrate and get their guys in foul trouble," he said.

Velimir Radinovic, who led Ohio State with 20 points, had a chance to put the Buckeyes ahead, but he missed two free throws with 1:29 left.

Deane missed on Purdue's next possession, setting up another chance for Ohio State to grab the lead. This time, Brent Darby missed a short jumper and Deane grabbed the rebound.

He was fouled, made the first free throw, then missed the second. Radinovic grabbed the loose ball rebound, but ended up traveling as he tried to save the ball from going out of bounds.

Lowe and Darby each made two free throws to make it 67-65 with 20 seconds left. Deane though, clinched the win with two free throws as Purdue snapped a six-game losing streak to Ohio State.

While the Buckeyes did a good job getting into position, coach Jim O'Brien said, "down the stretch is when we really didn't get it done. We missed some free throws, we had a couple of turnovers and we just didn't make any baskets."

That's largely because Purdue shut down Ohio State's perimeter game.

Darby, who was averaging 18.5 points, only had 11, and Sean Connolly scored four points, well below his 12.8 average. Zach Williams and Matt Sylvester each scored 13.

Booker had 12 rebounds for Purdue in Keady's milestone victory.

The leader in career Big Ten victories is Bob Knight, who won 353 at Indiana. Purdue's Ward Lambert is third with 228.

"It means I've been here a long time," Keady said. "They've allowed me to stay here. ... A lot of people are responsible for it, but I didn't know about it before the game."

OHIO ST. (9-9)-Jenkins 0-0 0-1 0, Radinovic 8-14 4-6 20, Fuss-Cheatham 1-2 2-2 4, Connolly 2-7 0-0 4, Darby 2-13 7-8 11, Jernigan 0-0 0-0 0, Salley 0-0 0-0 0, William 5-11 3-6 13, Sylvester 4-8 4-6 13. Totals 22-55 20-29 65.

PURDUE (13-4)-Lowe 4-9 4-4 14, Booker 2-5 0-0 4, Kartelo 0-0 0-0 0, Deane 4-13 17-19 27, McKnight 3-9 0-0 6, Teague 3-7 0-0 8, Buscher 5-6 0-0 10, Parkinson 0-0 0-0 0, Buckley 0-1 0-1 0, Kilgore 0-1 0-0 0, Kiefer 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 21-51 22-26 70.

Halftime-Purdue 29, Ohio St. 28. 3-point goals-Ohio St. 1-7 (Sylvester 1-1, Connolly 0-3, Darby 0-3), Purdue 6-20 (Deane 2-7, Lowe 2-4, Teague 2-5, McKnight 0-2, Buckley 0-1, Kilgore 0-1). Fouled out-Booker. Rebounds-Ohio St. 34 (Radinovic 9), Purdue 35 (Booker 12). Assists-Ohio St. 11 (Darby 4), Purdue 16 (McKnight, Parkinson 4). Total fouls-Ohio St. 22, Purdue 21. Technicals-Purdue, Team. A-10,756.




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