The Penn State Nittany Lions completed the season sweep over their rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes, with a 65-63 win. On January 29th, the Nittany Lions defeated the Buckeyes at Columbus 71-70 in overtime, however this win was won in regulation over a now mediocre Buckeyes team. D.J. Newbill was the leading scorer on the night with 23 points on 5 of 9 shooting, 2 of 3 from distance, along with adding an 11 of 12 effort from the charity strip. Senior Tim Frazier added another 16 for the Nittany Lions, making up for his six turnovers.
LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeys with 19 points, picking up five rebounds in the process. His effort was backed up by guard Aaron Craft, who picked up 10 points, four assists, and three boards along with five turnovers. In total, the Nittany Lions out-rebounded the Buckeyes 36 to 25 and were able to pick up the close win despite turning the ball over 15 times compared to Ohio State’s 11. As a team, Ohio State shot 18 of 27 (66%) from the free throw line, 5 of 17 (29%) from distance, and 20 of 47 (42%) from the field. Penn State countered with a 22 of 28 (78%) effort from the line, 5 of 13 (38%) shooting from beyond-the-arc, and 19 of 43 (44%) from the field.
Pat Chambers’s Nittany Lions moved to 14-14 on the year, 5-10 in the Big Ten, picking up a huge win for the Penn State basketball program. Meanwhile, Thad Matta’s Buckeyes moved to 22-7, 9-7 in Big Ten play, and will likely drop out of the polls next week.
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