No. 15 Ohio State vs. Purdue final score: Buckeyes rebound with win

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After being blown out in their first road game of Big Ten play, Ohio State got themselves back on track with a 74-64 win.

After one of the roughest stretches of his collegiate career, Aaron Craft had a badly needed bounce back game on Tuesday, as he scored 15 points to help No. 15 Ohio State to a 74-64 road victory over Purdue.

Craft did most of his damage in the second half, giving the Buckeyes the second scorer next to Deshaun Thomas they've needed for most of the year. Thomas was as consistent as ever, scoring 22 points on 8-13 shooting with 7 rebounds.

Purdue, who fell below .500 with the loss, had one of their better games all season, although they ultimately fell short to an experienced Buckeyes team.

The Boilermakers were paced by 18 points from Terone Johnson. Even more encouraging was the play of A.J. Hammons, their mammoth 7'0 250 center, who had 13 points and 5 rebounds on 4-4 shooting.

Ohio State was embarrassed by Illinois by 19 points and have a game against No. 2 Michigan on Saturday, if they hadn't snuck out a win on Tuesday, Buckeyes fans would have had good reason to start panicking.

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