The Ohio State Buckeyes launched Big Ten Play with a fairly comfortable road win Sunday night, overcoming an initial deficit to post a 76-64 victory against the host Nittany Lions inside the Bryce Jordan Center.
As a result, the battle-tested Buckeyes now stand 6-2 on the season after recently playing three-straight opponents (Seton Hall, Florida and Duke) ranked in the national poll.
HOW IT WENT DOWN:
* Penn State threw its best (and strongest) punch right from the gate, going on a 12-0 run behind leading man Seth Lundy and his nine quick points.
* To no avail, Ohio State admirably settled in on a 14-3 run of its own with aggressive offense. Six Buckeyes made at least one shot from long range prior to intermission, where the Scarlet and Gray led 41-30.
* OSU bumped the gap to 18 (52-34) early in the second half on a layup from Jamari Wheeler... and held a double-digit cushion all the way until Penn State got within single digits at the 5:04 mark...
* Nevertheless, a timely trifecta from Meechie Johnson on the left side with 3:53 left pushed the visitor lead back to 10. PSU continued fighting, actually getting back within 67-61, before a huge corner triple from Justin Ahrens with 2:15 remaining effectively sealed the deal.
STATS THAT MATTERED:
* Kyle Young was incredibly efficient, dropping a game-high 16 points on a perfect 4-of-4 outing from behind the arc. He also led the team with seven rebounds.
* Freshman Malaki Branham added a season-high 11 points, shooting 5 of 9 from the field.
* The Buckeyes held a 27-5 edge in bench scoring.
* Lundy settled with 13 points for Penn State, only scoring four across the final 36 minutes of game time. He briefly went to the locker room in the first half.
* Ohio State now leads the all-time series by a 39-18 count.
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