Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Penn State shocks No. 8 Ohio State

Penn State shocks No. 8 Ohio State

For Penn State, the victory built on the team's increasingly strong case to make the NCAA tournament.

That last part still remains true.

"They threw a bunch of (defenders) at him", Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.

The hosts shut down the Ohio State attack, holding the Buckeyes to just 21 first-half points on their way to a 45-21 halftime lead.

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As talented as Penn State is with its starting five all averaging in double-figures though, it doesn't have a deep bench. Their only loss over this current stretch was an away game against the Spartans.

"I think obviously our guard depth is a bit of a concern, particularly at that position", Holtmann said. Penn State's big guards present all kinds of issues for Ohio State's smaller ball-handlers. Thursday night's win over the No. 8 team certainly helps.

Another win against a top ten Ohio State team would help that cause, but a win by Ohio State would be a big step towards realizing the dream of a conference title. It was a thorough dismantling early. The Buckeyes have won their last four games, taking out Iowa on Saturday in their last outing. The Buckeyes will be keyed up for some revenge, but the Lions won't go away quietly either. More important that any stat, though, is that Penn State played confidently in front of its best home crowd all season.

Both teams are playing with a lot of confidence right now, and Penn State already knows it can beat this squad as evidenced by the win in Columbus. Carr caught it, tripped over the fallen Buckeyes, and put in a layup while getting the foul call. The extension is expected to be voted on in April by the Ohio State Board of Trustees. They were able to cut it briefly to 16 at two different points of the second half.

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No. 8 Ohio State travels to unranked Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a pivotal Big Ten conference game.

Penn State pushed the pace with 10 points off of fast breaks versus an opposing 7 points off of fast breaks. In 35 minutes, Tony collected 30 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 threes with 1 turnovers. Averaging 8 PPG this season and scoring 10 points last game against Penn State, his return could give the offense a boost.

Ohio State was led by C.J. Jackson, who had 13 points.

Ohio State struggled and so did their outstanding junior forward Keita Bates-Diop.

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Ohio State wouldn't have any problems in the Big Ten if it weren't for Penn State.

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