Men's Hoops Game Blog - FINAL: #14 Ohio State 65, Penn State 51

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live in-game coverage of the Nittany Lion basketball team.

Take a look back at Penn State's 65-51 setback to No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Starting Lineups:
Penn State -
G - Marshall, G - Newbill, G - Colella, F - Travis, F - Borovnjak
#14 Ohio State - G - Craft, G - Smith Jr., F - Thomas, F - Thompson, C - Williams


15:01 1st Half - Ohio State 11, Penn State 9
Both teams played an entertaining first five minutes of basketball to open the game, and both have been red hot shooting the basketball.  Ohio State started 4-for-5, while the Lions opened up 4-for-6 from the floor.  Jermaine Marshall and Sasa Borovnjak scored all nine of Penn State's tallies.  Big Ten leading scorer Deshaun Thomas scored five points for the Buckeyes, while Sam Thompson added five of his own.  Both teams played with good offensive flow.

11:41 1st Half - Ohio State 17, Penn State 11
The Nittany Lions tied the game at 11 after a dribble drive from D.J. Newbill, but the Buckeyes reeled off six-straight points to take their largest lead of the afternoon.  Ohio State went 7-for-10 from the field in the opening 8:19, but the Lions are hanging tough with good ball movement on the offensive end of the floor.  The Lions yielded one fastbreak attempt to the Buckeyes during the span between the two media timeouts, something they can ill afford to do against the athletic Buckeyes.

7:56 1st Half - Ohio State 19, Penn State 11
The Buckeyes cooled off shooting the basketball after their hot start, but the Lions were unable to capitalize heading into the media timeout.  The Lions went 1-for-10 during Ohio State's 8-0 scoring run.  Penn State have gone nearly six minutes without a basket, but the margin is still just eight.

Halftime - Ohio State 29, Penn State 18
The Nittany Lions walked off the floor at halftime fortunate to be within striking distance after a cold finish to the first half.  Penn State started 4-for-6 from the floor, but then went just 1-for-16 during an 11:24 span.  Ohio State started red-hot, but cooled off mid-way through the first half.  Nonetheless, Penn State could not capitalize despite playing very well on the defensive end of the floor.  Marshall scored 10 points in the first half, including Penn State's only two field goals after the 13:34 mark in the first half.  Thomas and Thompson each had seven points to lead the Buckeyes.  Despite shooting just 29 percent in the opening half, the Lions went into the locker room down just 11 thanks to good defensive effort.  Penn State had good looks in the first half, but the shots did not fall.

15:28 2nd Half - Ohio State 34, Penn State 25
The Nittany Lions played even with the Buckeyes during the initial stretch of the first half.  Newbill opened the scoring for Penn State in the second half with a drive down the lane before Brandon Taylor connected on a 3-pointer after his 0-for-5 first half.  Pat Ackerman then knocked down a mid-range jumper.  Penn State's first seven points in the second have come from three different players, something the Lions desperately need down the stretch.

11:51 2nd Half - Ohio State 43, Penn State 28
The Nittany Lions got as close as nine early in the second half, but the Buckeyes used a 9-2 scoring run to take a 16-point lead.  Newbill added a free throw to make it a 15-point game, and that's where things stood heading into the second media timeout of the half.  Penn State's ball movement has been good throughout the game, but again, the Lions have just not been able to knock down open looks when they've had opportunities.  Despite that, Penn State is still hanging tough on the defensive end of the floor.  Thomas is just 4-for-11 with nine points.

7:23 2nd Half - Ohio State 48, Penn State 34
Penn State had a chance to trim the Oho State lead down to single digits after Donovan Jack nailed a deep jumper from the top of the key.  Marshall did not connect on the front end of a one-and-one at the foul line.  Lenzelle Smith Jr. answered with a basket, but Marshall cut the lead back down to 11 with two free throws.  The Lions came up empty on their next possession, but Thompson nailed a big three to push the lead back up to 14.  Thompson is 6-for-6 from the field and has 16 points.

3:27 2nd Half - Ohio State 58, Penn State 47
The Ohio State lead grew to as much as 17 after Thomas converted on two trips to the foul line at the 6:08 mark.  However, the Lions carved into the lead with two Marshall free throws, a 3-pointer from Nick Colella and a lay-in from Sasa Borovnjak.  Smith Jr. countered with a pair of free throws for the Buckeyes, but Newbill drained a pull-up jumper from the elbow to set the scoring margin at 11.  Penn State's defense put the Lions in a position to be within striking distance.

FINAL: Ohio State 65, Penn State 51
The Nittany Lions got as close as 11 in the second half, but the Buckeyes capitalized on their opportunities at the foul line when they needed to during the 14-point victory.  Penn State played a good second half on the defensive end of the floor, but the Lions were never able to mount a scoring run when they needed to.  The game was tied at 11-11 mid-way through the first half.  Ohio State mounted an 8-0 scoring spurt to claim a 19-11 lead.  During that span, the Lions went ice cold from the floor (1-for-16).  The eight-point edge proved to be all Ohio State needed to control the tempo of the game.  The Lions never got closer than 10 points after that.

The guard duo of Marshall (16 pts) and Newbill (15 pts) again paced the Nittany Lions on offense.  Borovnjak added nine points in the setback.  Ohio State's Sam Thompson led the Buckeyes with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting.  Penn State shot 36 percent from the field, 24 percent from the 3-point arc (4-17) and 59 percent from the foul line (13-22).  When you look at the final stats, the Lions did a lot of things well on Saturday afternoon.  Holding the Big Ten's leading scorer to 4-for-13 shooting and 11 points is an accomplishment.  Additionally, Penn State committed a season-low four turnovers.  Nevertheless, the Buckeyes went 11-for-11 down the stretch to ice the game late.

Chambers said after the game that he was pleased with the defense, and he said the Lions executed the gameplan pretty well.  Chambers added that he feels like Penn State is close because of the way it is playing on defense, but the team needs a third scorer to step up to help Marshall and Newbill on the offensive end of the floor.

 

Penn State travels to Iowa on Thursday at 8 p.m.



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Keys for the Lions
Containing Big Ten leading scorer Deshaun Thomas (20.5 ppg) is easier said than done, but the Lions will be looking to force someone other than the Big Ten's top scorer to put points on the board.  Thomas is good shooter from just about everywhere, but Penn State will try limit dribble penetration from the cast athletic ballhandlers, including Thomas, from Ohio State.  On the offensive side of the ball, Penn State must take care of the basketball.  D.J. Newbill has done a terrific job learning the point guard position, but Saturday will be his biggest test when he faces off against Craft's relentless ball pressure.  Getting Newbill some help bringing the ball up the floor will be crucial.  


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