The Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) hosted the Nittany Lions (10-10, 1-6) to try to move their winning ways to two in a row. This would be a challenge, since the Nittany Lions just took down Nebraska, the team that laid the wood to Buckeyes last week. Being the good hosts they tend to be, Ohio State and Penn State went to overtime before losing the game 71-70. A fumble-around effort by the Buckeyes at the buzzer had the expected outcome; we didn’t get the shot off. Thus ends OSU’s 18 game winning streak against PSU. Another subpar offensive night 38% and defensive night 48% allowed doomed the Buckeyes. The loss drops OSU to 16-5, 3-5, with their last two losses against Nebraska and Penn State. Ponder that for a bit.. Frankly, I don’t know what to say at this point, I welcome your thoughts..
Ohio State overcame early poor shooting 27% (2-11) through the 1st 8 minutes to end the half at 46% (13-28) shooting. Meanwhile, PSU was making 54% of their shots, so there was no opportunity to gain any separation on the Lions in the 1st half to have a lead 35-31.
Second half play was back and forth, with PSU tying the game a a little over a minute at 62 and kept it tied at end of regulation despite several OSU attempts as time expired. At the 7:45 mark in the half, Ohio State had an 11 point lead, 59-48. They gave up 11 points in less than 8 minutes.
Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross (16 pts, 7 rbs), Amir Williams (12 pts, 6 rbs) and Lenzelle Smith (15 pts, 3 rbs). Penn State was led by Brandon Taylor (19 pts, 4 rbs), D.J. Newbill, (25 pts, 8 rbs), Graham Woodward (11 pts, 1 rbs) and Tim Frazier (8 pts, 10 rbs.)
PSU came out with a nice shooting game, and at the under-16 timeout, led 10-7 by going 4-5 from the field, while OSU was 2-4. At the 12 minute mark, PSU has momentum with a 15-11 lead. PSU was 6-11 from the field, while OSU was a chilly 3-11; going 2-7 from the perimeter.. At an under-5 timeout, the Buckeyes grabbed the lead, 28-24, based on improved (10-22) shooting driven by a transition game getting into gear. PSU was still shooting well (54%) being 10-19 at that point.
At the under-16 mark, PSU closed the gap to 42-40. A Lenzelle Smith 3-pointer was followed by about a minute of helter-skelter. At the under 13, OSU stretched its lead to 51-46. At the midpoint of the 2nd half, OSU led 55-46. At under-8 OSU led 57-48. At the 4:29, Penn State was within 6 points, 59-53. Things pretty much unravelled as PSU tied the game in the last few seconds.
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