Ohio State hosted Penn State in a Sunday showdown. It was all about the defense as it was a low-scoring affair. Both teams wanted to flex their muscles, scoring from inside the paint. Buckeye’s forward E.J. Liddell made his presence felt as he came from behind Penn State forward John Harrar and blocked his shot. Ohio State would go on a 6-0 run to even the score at 10 apiece. At halftime, the Buckeyes had a slim lead over the Nittany Lions, 27-22.
At the start of the second half, Ohio State forward Zedd Key was backing down his defender and draining a couple of hook shots. Ohio State would push the lead to 10 points around the 16-minute mark. Penn State would battle back as they cut the Buckeye lead down to five points. A few times, Ohio State did play sloppy, as they had seven turnovers at one point. Ohio State showed great court vision and made plenty of crisp passes that led to points. Both teams shot around 30 percent from the field. Both squads shot poorly from the three-point line. Penn State stayed in the game as they knocked down a three-pointer. Ohio State had gone roughly four minutes without registering a point. That all changed when E.J. Liddell knocked down a three-pointer.
Ohio State would hold on and win the game 61-56 to improve their overall record to 11 wins and four losses. They now have a conference record of five wins and two losses. Forwards Zedd Key and E.J. Liddell were the two players to score double-digit points. Key finished with ten points, four rebounds, and one assist. Liddell wrapped up his night with nineteen points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Tomorrow night, the 19th ranked Buckeyes will welcome the IUPUI Jaguars into the Value City Arena.