COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State ruined Matt Painter's
unscheduled debut as Purdue's head coach.
With Gene Keady back home fighting the flu, Painter took over
and was tagged with a 75-65 loss on Wednesday night.
Je'Kel Foster's 15 points led five players in double figures for
the Buckeyes (15-7, 4-4 Big Ten), winners of three in a row.
The Boilermakers, who had lost seven in a row before beating
Michigan 84-55 on Sunday, outrebounded Ohio State 43-28 but had 20
turnovers and were outscored 21-5 at the line.
Keady missed the Boilermakers' practice on Tuesday and told
Painter -- scheduled to be his successor next year -- to take over
while he tried to recover at home.
It was the first time Keady has missed a game in his 830 starts
as a college head coach spanning 27 years and stops at Purdue and
J.J. Sullinger scored 13 points -- hitting all eight of his free
throws -- while Matt Sylvester had 12 points, Tony Stockman had 11
and Terence Dials also had 11 points to go with 11 rebounds for the
Ohio State led 33-30 after a give-and-take first half in which
there were four ties and 13 lead changes.
The Buckeyes scored the final four points of the half -- taking
the lead for good on Stockman's 3-pointer -- and then reeled off 11
of the first 13 points of the second half to go up 44-32. Four
players each hit a 3 during the 15-2 run.
The Boilermakers drew as close as 44-37 but managed just one
field goal over the next 5 minutes to fall behind 56-39. They never
got closer than nine points again.
Ohio State had five fewer field goals than Purdue, but hit
10-of-24 3-pointers, 21-of-30 free throws and matched their season
low with seven turnovers.
Ohio State had intended to present Keady, who was taking a team
up against Ohio State for the 45th time, with passes to the annual
Memorial Tournament PGA event in nearby Dublin, a Muirfield Village
Golf Club hat and 12 dozen golf balls.
Painter was selected to replace Keady after this, his 25th year
at Purdue. A former Boilermakers player, Painter was a head coach a
year ago at Southern Illinois and is using this season to ease the