COLUMBUS, Ohio — It wasn’t the prettiest game of all-time, but the Ohio State men’s basketball team got the job done on Thursday night.
It was a nail-biter down to the very end that featured a total of 44 combined fouls, the Buckeyes managed to pull out a 74-70 victory in the final seconds of the game.
Ohio State came out sloppy to start this game, turning the ball over three times in the first three minutes as Penn State took an early 8-4 lead. The Buckeyes came charging back though as a 24-5 run gave them a 28-13 lead over the Nittany Lions.
Penn State would make a comeback of their own before the end of the first half as they cut Ohio State’s lead to 34-31 heading into halftime.
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions would go neck and neck in the opening minutes of the second half, but a 7-0 run gave Ohio State an impressive 46-37 lead with 16:27 to go in the game.
The Nittany Lions would come charging back to take a 49-46 lead with less than 12 minutes remaining and Kaleb Wesson ended up having to go to the bench with four fouls at the 10:38 mark.
Penn State led by one point with just over one minute remaining, but Ohio State found a way to pull it out down the stretch in the final seconds and secured a 74-70 victory.
Luther Muhammad had one of his best performances of his short collegiate career as he scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists in the victory.
C.J. Jackson posted a solid stat line as he finished with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
Andre Wesson turned in an impressive game as well as the junior forward posted a double-double of 15 points and ten rebounds.
It was a rough night for the other Wesson brother, Kaleb, as he fouled out for the fourth time this season and finished with just six points in 19 minutes.
Turnovers were once again a problem for the Buckeyes as Ohio State turned the ball over 18 times in their win over Penn State.
Rose Bowl Champions Honored
During a media timeout in the first half of the game, former head football coach Urban Meyer and the rest of the 2018 Ohio State football team were honored in front of the Buckeye faithful at Value City Arena.
The team was recognized for their remarkable 2018 season where they won the Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships.
You can read more on that and watch full video of the short ceremony here.
With the victory, Ohio State improves to 15-7 on the season and are inching closer to a .500 record in the Big Ten as they move to 5-6 in conference play.
Ohio State will now hit the road as they get set to face the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington this Sunday, February 10th in a game that could have NCAA Tournament implications on the line for both teams. Tip-off on Sunday is scheduled for 1:00pm ET and the game will be televised on CBS.
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