Penn State might’ve been without top scorer Seth Lundy on Sunday, but it still put quite a scare in Ohio State in Columbus.

The Buckeyes secured a 61-56 victory over the Nittany Lions to close out the weekend, improving to 8-0 in home games this year. Ohio State relied heavily on the play of EJ Liddel, who scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the team in both categories.

Zed Key added 10 points, Jamari Wheeler pitched in 9 and Malaki Branham scored 8 in the 5-point win. The Buckeyes improved to 11-4 on the season with the victory and is now 5-2 in B1G play.

Penn State dropped to 8-7 overall and 3-4 in the league.

The difference in the game was Ohio State’s ability to get to the free throw line. The Buckeyes knocked down 24-of-36 shots from the charity stripe while Penn State shot just 14 free throws in the contest, hitting 8.

Ohio State also won the rebounding battle 37-30.

Penn State’s Sam Sessoms led the way with 15 points and Jalen Pickett had 11. John Harrar and Greg Lee both secured 8 boards for the Nittany Lions.

Leading 51-44 with 4 minutes to play, Ohio State surrendered a 3-point shot to Myles Dread to make the score 51-47. The Buckeyes then went on a 9-4 run to take a 60-51 advantage and essentially secure the win.

Ohio State is back in action on Tuesday, playing IUPUI. Penn State will take on Minensota on Wednesday.

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