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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Evan Turner scored 23 of his career-high 32 points in the second half, and Ohio State rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat No. 6 Purdue 70-66 last night.
Turner scored 14 of Ohio State's final 18 points. He also had nine rebounds in his third game back since missing a month with a fracture in his back.
William Buford had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (12-5, 2-3 Big Ten), who were in danger of falling out of the conference race early.
Robbie Hummel scored 29 of his career-high 35 points in the first half for Purdue (14-2, 2-2). He tied a school-record with eight 3-pointers and had 10 rebounds.
E'Twaun Moore added 19 points for the Boilermakers, who lost their second straight after tying a school record with 14 straight wins to start the season. Purdue was coming off a 73-66 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday. It was the first home loss for the Boilermakers this season.
Purdue took an early 13-9 lead before Ohio State responded with a 9-0 run, including three buckets by Buford, to take an 18-13 advantage with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
Hummel responded with perhaps the most impressive 3-point shooting barrage in Purdue history. He made six threes in the final 6:02 of the half to shoot Ohio State out of its zone. The Boilermakers closed the first half on an 11-2 run that included three 3-pointers by Hummel to take a 41-29 lead.
Hummel's eight threes in the half tied Cuonzo Martin's school record for 3-pointers in a game set in 1994 and broke the Mackey Arena record of seven in a game. He surpassed his previous career high of 25 before the break.
Ohio State started the second half with a 13-6 run to cut Purdue's lead to
47-42, but Moore converted a 3-point play to temporarily slow the Buckeyes' momentum.
The Buckeyes closed to 58-52, but a layup by Moore after an Ohio State turnover, then a fast-break dunk by JaJuan Johnson made it 62-52 with 4:07 to play.
Ohio State responded with a 10-0 run, all on points by Turner, to tie the game. Hummel left the game late with what appeared to be a dislocated finger, but he returned with two fingers on his left hand taped together with 2:04 left.
Hummel made two free throws with 20.5 seconds left, but Ohio State got the ball inbounds against Purdue's pressure, and Buford converted two free throws with 16.8 seconds left to create the final margin.40.43103 -86.91367