Freshman Ronnie Johnson had seven assists, six rebounds and 11 points.
He had only two turnovers in 35 minutes.
He had two steals, using nifty moves to pick the pockets of Ohio State point guards Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott, and showed some tenacious defense full court at times.
But Purdue’s point guard also missed 10 of his 15 shots. He made only one of his five free throws. He struggled to keep his man in front of him at times, leading to points.
And when the Boilermakers had pulled within six points with about two minutes to play, Johnson had a wild drive early in the shot clock that not only missed but that Ohio State answered with a basket on the other end to stretch the lead back to eight.
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