STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Lamar Stevens scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and Penn State upset No. 20 Ohio State 90-76 on Saturday.
Myreon Jones scored 20 points, Seth Lundy added 12 and Myles Dread had 10 for the Nittany Lions (13-5, 3-4 Big Ten) who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Duane Washington Jr. had 20 points, Kaleb Wesson scored 19 points and Andre Wesson added 12 for the Buckeyes (12-6, 2-5 Big Ten) who lost for the fifth time in six games.
The Nittany Lions led by 15 at halftime and by as many as 20 with 15:10 to play. They maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.
Kaleb Wesson’s 3-pointer pulled the Buckeyes within 12 with 2:39 left, but they wouldn’t get closer.
Ohio State’s lone lead of the afternoon came in the opening minutes before Penn State used an 11-0 run to take control midway through the first half.
Washington broke up the run with a 3-pointer, Ohio State’s first basket in nearly five minutes, before Penn State extended the lead to 14 with a run that included five points from Stevens.
The Buckeyes were able to cut Penn State’s lead to seven with Andre Wesson’s third 3-pointer of the half, but the Nittany Lions used a 14-6 run over the final 3:14 to take a 42-27 lead into the locker room.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have struggled to score during their recent skid. They had been held to fewer than 60 points in each of their last four losses. While they eclipsed the 60-point threshold, they whiffed on easy shots all afternoon, missing 13 layups or dunks.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions did what they do best — played strong defense, forced their opponents into mistakes and capitalized on them. The Big Ten’s leader in steals and turnover margin per game forced 13 giveaways with nine steals, seven blocks and scored 19 points off of turnovers.
Ohio State: Hosts Minnesota on Thursday.
Penn State: Visits No. 19 Michigan on Wednesday.
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