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PSU shocks Buckeyes in OT


January 29. 2014 11:46PM
Associated Press



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COLUMBUS, Ohio — D.J. Newbill hit a pull-up jumper over Aaron Craft with 2 seconds left in overtime, lifting Penn State to a 71-70 victory over No. 24 Ohio State and ending years of futility against the Buckeyes.


Newbill, who led the Nittany Lions (11-10, 2-6 Big Ten) with 25 points, hit a 3 that forced overtime. Brandon Taylor added 19 points and Graham Woodward had 11 as Penn State ended Ohio State’s string of victories in the series at 18.


LaQuinton Ross scored 16 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 15 and Amir Williams added 12 for Ohio State (16-5, 3-5), which has lost five of six after a 15-0 start that saw it rise to No. 3 in the polls.


Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was 17-0 against Penn State since taking over as head coach in 2004-05.


Penn State improved to 2-11 at Value City Arena and is 3-4 on the road this season, winning for the first time in Big Ten play after losing their first three.


In the overtime, Taylor gave the Lions a quick lead on a follow before Williams hit a free throw and Smith made a jumper to put Ohio State up 68-67.


Smith was then hit in the face while shooting a 3 and made the last two of the three free throws for a three-point lead.


After the teams traded misses, Newbill ended up with the ball atop the key with the shot clock winding down. He drove the lane and got off the layup just in time to cut the lead to 70-69 with 39.4 seconds left.


The Buckeyes then turned it over when Ross drove and passed to Williams, the ball going out of bounds off his hands with 13 seconds left.


Penn State brought the ball down with Newbill waving off his teammates to take the ball one-on-one against Craft, one of the best defenders in the Big Ten. He crossed over on the dribble and pulled up for a 14-foot jumper that caught nothing but net with 2 seconds left.


Temple 88, Rutgers 82


PHILADELPHIA — Will Cumming had 21 points and a career-high eight assists, Dalton Pepper scored 20 and Temple snapped its longest losing streak in 38 years.


The victory was the first in American Athletic Conference play for the Owls, who had lost eight straight games to start the calendar year, including its first seven league contests.


Kadeem Jack had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Scarlet Knights, who have lost four straight and six of seven.


Anthony Lee and Quenton DeCosey added 15 points apiece for Temple (6-13, 1-7 American).


Junior Etou finished with 14 for Rutgers (8-13, 2-6).


Lehigh 66, Bucknell 63


BETHLEHEM — Stefan Cvrkalj sank a pair of free throws in the final 24 seconds — on top of a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch — helping Lehigh fend off Bucknell.


The Mountain Hawks (11-11, 4-5 Patriot League) made 9 of 16 shots from long range, with Cvrkalj hitting four and finishing with 14 points. Lehigh’s 3s came at pivotal times in winning their third straight.


Bucknell (9-11, 4-5) led by seven at halftime, but Lehigh caught up at 35-35 on a Corey Schaefer (15 points) 3-pointer. Cvrkalj hit a 3-pointer to snap a 51-51 tie and another to regain the lead, 57-55. Cvrkalj and Jesse Chuku hit extended the lead to 63-55 with 3-pointers.


Drexel 77, Hofstra 74


HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Frantz Massenat scored a career-high 32 points to lead Drexel over Hofstra.


Drexel (11-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association) shot 47 percent from the floor. Massenat was 6 of 9 on 3-pointers and had nine assists. Chris Fouch added 19 points, including four treys.


Zeke Upshaw led Hofstra (7-15, 3-4) with 27 points. Jamall Robinson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Dion Nesmith added 13 points and eight assists.


George Washington 69, La Salle 47


WASHINGTON, D.C. — George Washington used a commanding first-half run to nab a victory over La Salle.


The win kept head coach Mike Lonergan and the Colonials (17-3, 5-1 A-10) undefeated at home, and tied their longest A-10 win streak since the 2006-07 season. Isaiah Armwood added his sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds, which tied his career- and season-high.


Tyreek Duren paced La Salle (11-9, 3-3 A-10) with 22 points.


Duquesne 71, NJIT 64


NEWARK, N.J. — Ovie Soko scored 25 points, converting 11 of 16 from the free throw line, to lead Duquesne to a come-from-behind win over the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


NJIT (9-14) was led by Terrence Smith’s 20 points.


Duquesne (10-9) got 13 points from Micah Mason and another 11 from Derrick Colter while out-rebounding the Highlanders by 11 boards, 37-26, and pulling down 13 offensive rebounds.




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