Men's Basketball Defeats Ohio State 107-75

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 7, 1998

By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Brad Miller scored 22 points and Chad Austin added 19 as No. 10 Purdue hit a conference record 15 3-pointers in an 107-75 win over Ohio State on Saturday.

It was Ohio State's worst loss at St. John Arena, eclipsing the 122-92 loss to Indiana in 1959 and coming during the building's last season. The Buckeyes move to the new Value City Arena.

It was also the Boilermaker's most lopsided victory ever in Columbus. In the 70 previous meetings at Ohio State, Purdue's biggest margin was a 38-20 win in 1918.

Miller, who also had nine rebounds, scored many of his points on inside shots set up by one of Austin's seven assists. Jaraan Cornell added 17 points, Mike Robinson had 13 and Brian Cardinal and Alan Eldridge each had 10 for Purdue, which shot 65 percent from the field (39-of-60).

Purdue (20-4, 8-2 Big Ten) won its fifth in a row while the Buckeyes (7-15, 0-9 Big Ten) have lost 12 in a row overall and their last 15 Big Ten games - their longest streaks ever.

Jon Sanderson scored a career-high 24 points for Ohio State, while Michael Redd had 18 and Carlos Davis 10.

Purdue made 16-of-26 3-pointers, breaking the Big Ten record of 14 by three teams - including Minnesota earlier Saturday in an 88-78 victory over Michigan.

Ohio State went on an 8-2 tear to take a 17-16 lead on Davis' follow off glass with 11:48 left in the opening half.

But then Austin scored eight points and Cardinal and Miller each added five to account for all the points in an 18-3 run that turned a 17-16 deficit into a 34-20 lead.

The Boilermakers hit 8 of their 9 shots from the field during the spurt and 66 percent from the field (19-of-29) in the first half.

Purdue pushed the lead to as many as 35 after a 20-6 run to open the second half.

The loss for the Buckeyes, which comes on the heels of an 84-58 loss to No. 16 Michigan State on Wednesday night, gives them two of their three worst defeats at St. John Arena in the span of three days.

Purdue coach Gene Keady moved into 4th place with his 211th career Big Ten victory. He is three behind former Illinois coach Lou Henson.