STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After a hot start, No. 14 Ohio State was disjointed offensively Saturday afternoon against Penn State.
The Buckeyes were carried by their defense, though, in a 65-51 defeat of the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) shot a modest 44 percent from the field, even after opening the game by making seven of their first 10 field-goal attempts. It held Penn State (8-12, 0-8) to 36 percent shooting. The Nittany Lions, who have lost 18 straight games to the Buckeyes dating back to 2004, made just 4 of 17 3-point shots.
Sam Thompson led Ohio State with 16 points, going 6 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 from 3-point range, and Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 11 points each. Smith had eight rebounds for Ohio State, which enjoyed a 39-25 advantage on the boards.
Jermaine Marshall, who had 16 points, and D.J. Newbill, who had 15, were the only Penn State players to reach double figures. Ohio State’s bench outscored Penn State’s 17-7.
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