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Ohio State upsets Purdue in overtime

Purdue coach Matt Painter wasn't mystified that his team lost to Ohio State, 80-72, in overtime last night. After all, the 12th-ranked Boilermakers didn't have third-leading scorer Robbie Hummel, while the host Buckeyes got huge games from Evan Turner and William Buford.

Purdue coach Matt Painter wasn't mystified that his team lost to Ohio State, 80-72, in overtime last night.

After all, the 12th-ranked Boilermakers didn't have third-leading scorer Robbie Hummel, while the host Buckeyes got huge games from Evan Turner and William Buford.

"It's in the product. Those guys are fantastic," Painter said. "You can't allow Evan Turner to get to the basket or the free-throw line 14 times. We did. But William Buford was amazing. That kid is good."

Turner scored six of his 26 points in overtime to help end the Boilermakers' six-game winning streak and prevent them from moving into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with Michigan State.

Buford had 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting and fellow freshman B.J. Mullens added 17 points as the Buckeyes (16-5, 6-4) won their third straight.

"Turner got going. Buford got going. Mullens had 17 and eight rebounds," Painter said. "When you throw those three guys together, having that kind of a night, you're probably going to get beat."

Purdue (17-5, 6-3) had not permitted an opponent to shoot better than 43 percent all season. The Buckeyes shot 60 percent.

Asked what was the secret formula for the Buckeyes, their coach Thad Matta smiled.

"Honestly, I wish I knew," he said. "For the most part, I thought we did a decent job of gutting it out, toughing it out, on shot selection and moving the basketball."

The 7-foot Mullens, who leads the Big Ten in shooting largely because most of his baskets are dunks, said the Buckeyes were unselfish.

"We had to get the ball around," he said. "That's when we play our best offensive game - when we zip the ball around."

Turner interrupted him to add, "And just execute our offense. Those screens that guys were setting, even our guards. We just executed our offense and made sure we screened and got guys open. Pretty much with that, you have to throw the first punch."

JaJuan Johnson scored a career-high 30 points and Keaton Grant added 14 for Purdue, which was without Hummel, who has a hairline fracture in his back. He was cleared to play but never left the bench. "He just didn't look good [in a Saturday win] against Michigan to me," Painter said.

In other games:

* At North Carolina, Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 34 points and the No. 3 Tar Heels (20-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit a season-best 16 three-pointers in their sixth straight victory, a 108-91 rout of Maryland.

* At Georgetown, Jessie Sapp scored 11 points and the Hoyas (13-8, 4-6 Big East) forced 21 turnovers in a 57-47 win over Rutgers.

* At Louisville, Phil Turner scored a career-high 18 points to lead four players in double figures as Mississippi State (15-7, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) handed Kentucky its third straight loss, 66-57.

* At De Paul, Jerel McNeal scored 28 points to lead No. 8 Marquette over the Blue Demons, 76-61. Dar Tucker, De Paul's leading scorer, at 18.5 points missed the game after twisting his left ankle in the afternoon shootaround.

In women's games:

* At Pittsburgh, Shavonte Zellous scored 29 points and the No. 22 Panthers (17-4, 7-2 Big East) beat No. 19 Notre Dame, 82-70.

* At Hartford, Conn., Maya Moore scored 24 points and Kalana Greene added a season-high 17 to help No. 1 Connecticut (22-0, 8-0 Big East) beat Rutgers, 75-56.

Noteworthy

* Tennessee forward Vicki Baugh has a torn left knee ligament and will be out for the rest of the season for the No. 12 Lady Vols. She was hurt in Monday's 80-70 loss to No. 2 Oklahoma. *

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