Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Can't Overcome Buckeyes, Lose 65-51
Rapid Recap: Ohio State 65, Penn State 51
How It Happened: Penn State went 10 minutes without a basket in the first half as the Buckeyes grew a 29-18 halftime lead. The Nittany Lions shot better in the second half at a 43 percent clip, but free throw shooting and a Sam Thompson effort of 16 points was too much for Penn State to overcome.
Turning Point: With Penn State in the bonus midway through the second half, the Nittany Lions missed several crucial free throws to close the Ohio State lead. The Nittany Lions kept pace with the Buckeyes, cutting a 17-point lead to only 10 with less than five minutes to play. A quick 4-0 run pushed the lead out of reach with 1:17 to go.
Player of the Game: Penn State held Deshaun Thomas to only 4-for-13 from the field, but Buckeye forward Sam Thompson went 6-for-7 for 16 points.
Stat of the Game: Penn State freshman Brandon Taylor went 1-for-8 from beyond the arc. The freshman has struggled from deep after starting the season as a consistent threat from 3-point range.
What It Means: Penn State falls to 0-8 in the conference.
On Deck: Penn State takes on Iowa at 8 p.m. Thursday in Iowa City.
Halftime Update: Ohio State 29, Penn State 18
The Nittany Lions started the game well, but an 11-minute shooting drought helped the Buckeyes grow a 13-point lead at one point.
Penn State was led by junior guard Jermaine Marshall, who scored 10 points in the first half. Sasa Boronvjak was the Nittany Lions' second-leading scorer with only five points. Freshman Brandon Taylor continued his mid-season struggles, going 0-for-5 from the field, all of his shots from behind the arc.
The Buckeyes were able to build their eventual 11-point halftime lead behind the efforts of Sam Thompson and Deshaun Thomas, who both tallied seven points. Thomas sat out the final few minutes of the first half after picking up two fouls. He is the Buckeyes' leading scorer averaging 20 points a contest.
Penn State shot 29 percent from the field to the Buckeyes' 44 percent. Both teams cooled off considerably after starting the game a combined 8-for-11 from the field.