Turner scores 32 in win over Purdue
He scored 23 of his career-high 32 points in the second half, and the Buckeyes rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat No. 6 Purdue,
70-66, on Tuesday night.
Turner scored 14 of Ohio State’s final 18 points. He also had nine rebounds in his third game since missing a month with a fracture in his back.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta said he’s not sure Turner is 100 percent healthy.
“Honestly, I hope about 50,” Matta joked. “I think he’s getting it back. I’ve gone back, I’ve looked at a lot of tape of when we’ve had him (before the injury), and he was playing at a high level. I thought he played at a high level tonight.”
Purdue coach Matt Painter couldn’t find the right defense for the 6-foot-7 point guard.
“Evan Turner had his way with all of our guys,” Painter said.
The Buckeyes withstood one of the best single-game efforts in Mackey Arena. Robbie Hummel scored 29 of his career-high 35 points in the first half for Purdue (14-2, 2-2 Big Ten). He tied a school-record with eight 3-pointers and had 10 rebounds.
Painter lauded Hummel’s effort.
“It was great,” he said. “He carried us. I thought Ohio State was quicker to the basketball and played harder than we did, and he just flat out saved us.”
Turner wasn’t trying to outscore Hummel.
“I was just motivated to try and win,” he said. “I know I’m going to end up getting my points and my shots.”
William Buford had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (12-5, 2-3), who were in danger of falling out of the conference race early. Instead, the Buckeyes toppled the conference’s highest-ranked team and now feel they are still in the race.
“A lot of people are going to lose here and there,” Turner said. “A lot of people are going to lose in this building, and a lot of people are going to lose at Michigan State in other places.”
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.
“We had some older guys that did not play like juniors and seniors,” Painter said.
-- Illinois 54, Penn State 53—At Champaign, Ill., Demetri McCamey returned to the starting lineup for the first time in two games and scored 25 points to lead Illinois to a comeback victory.
McCamey hit a jump shot with 1:02 to play to give the Illini (12-5, 4-0 Big Ten) a 53-52 lead that stood up. Penn State’s Talor Battle missed a jump shot as the game ended.
The Illini trailed 48-40 with 8:46 to play after a 16-5 Penn State run.
Chris Babb led Penn State (8-8, 0-4) with 15 points. He scored 12 points from behind the 3-point line. Battle added nine points on cold 4-for-19 shooting.
Mike Tisdale added 16 for the Illini.
McCamey hadn’t started since a loss to Gonzaga on Jan. 2.