Penn State men’s basketball (14-xvi, ix-13 Big Ten) pulled off a huge upset over No. 6-seeded Ohio State (19-11, 12-9 Big Ten) 71-68 in the 2d round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Sam Sessoms led the Nittany Lions with xviii points, followed by Jalen Pickett with 16 points, and John Harrar with 9 rebounds. The win propels Penn State to a date with Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at 9 p.g. tomorrow, Friday, March 10.

How It Happened

Head autobus Micah Shrewsberry revealed a new starting lineup confronting Ohio State featuring Greg Lee in place of Myles Dread. The Buckeyes earned the tipoff to go things started from Gainbridge Fieldhouse, followed by a three from East.J. Liddell.

Seth Lundy and Jalen Pickett each attempted to find the handbasket from deep, only both missed, allowing Ohio State to grab a five-point lead.

The Nittany Lions had a boring commencement from the field, just Pickett was the first to add to the scoreboard with a quick jumper from the pigment.

Dread was the next Nittany Panthera leo to add two points to make it ix-four in favor of the Buckeyes. Ohio State immediately responded with back-to-back iii-pointers, which forced Shrewsberry to call a timeout midway through the starting time half.

Sam Sessoms converted a much-needed 3-pointer correct out of the timeout to close the Buckeyes’ lead to eight. John Harrar was the next to head to the basket, but Penn State transfer Jamari Wheeler blocked his former teammate under the basket to maintain a considerable Ohio Country pb.

Despite a 10-point deficit throughout much of the first half, Lee and Pickett provided a consequent pace that was necessary for the trailing Nittany Lions. Lee picked upwardly some big offensive rebounds and Pickett found his frontward in the paint for two crucial assists.

Pickett started to find his shooting rhythm at the tail end of the opening xx minutes when he drained a slick 3-pointer to shut to Nittany Lions’ deficit to just five.

Liddell managed to cause some issues for the Penn State lineup, though, as he fiercely blocked a Sessoms shot and put up ten points of his own in the outset one-half. Wheeler also dropped a dramatic step-back three-pointer later he shook off Lundy to brand space and add some big points to the Buckeyes’ scoreboard.

The Nittany Lions went into the locker room trailing 33-24, similarly to their
matchup with Minnesota
in the first round of the Big 10 Tournament.

Harrar opened up the second half from the charity stripe and sunk both of his shots. The Buckeyes were next on the foul line and also went 2-for-2.

Pickett added some other help to set up Dread for a clutch three to make it 37-29. Dallion Johnson added another ii points for the Nittany Lions with a jump shot nether pressure to close the Buckeyes’ lead to viii.

Harrar converted an and-i opportunity, followed past two points from Pickett, and suddenly, the Nittany Lions were trailing by just ane possession.

Penn State’due south run was cutting short when Liddell earned an and-one of his own. The junior sunk his free throw and made it 42-36 Buckeyes.

Pickett continued to post important points to keep the Nittany Lions competitive, but Ohio Land extended its lead dorsum to nine with 12 minutes remaining in the game.

Jaheam Cornwall entered the game and grabbed an and-one, only he missed his free throw. The guard still added two points, though, making information technology 51-44.

Dread and Harrar combined for a huge defensive play to force an Ohio State turnover. Harrar then continued with Sessoms for a powerful jumper to complete a 6-0 run over the Buckeyes. Penn State plant itself, in one case again, within 1 possession of the atomic number 82.

Dread knocked downward a huge three-pointer to tie the game with half-dozen minutes left from. Lundy followed up with a three of his own to have Penn Land’s first lead of the game, forcing the Buckeyes to transition into a two-iii zone defense.

Sessoms drew a foul to earn some other and-one and converted to create Penn Land’s largest lead of the game at 3 points. Both teams began to trade baskets and the energy was high in Indianapolis. Sessoms kept things going and added another layup to make it 61-58 in favor of Penn Land with iii minutes remaining.

By this time, Penn State entered the bonus while Ohio State reached bonus-plus, which broke upwards much of the final minutes of the game past free throws. The Buckeyes’ free throw percentage was about 15% higher than that of Penn Land, though, Nittany Panthera leo gratis throws proved to be a game changer in the tight matchup.

Harrar picked up a large offensive rebound off a spring shot by Sessoms to add together another ii points for Penn Country. The forward made information technology 66-62 with his 12th and final point of the night.

Penn State sent the Buckeyes to the line where Liddell went 1-for-2, followed past two converted free throws from Pickett.

Lundy closed out the Nittany Lions’ scoring with two converted shots from the free throw line to brand the final score 71-68 to complete the upset over Ohio State.


  • Sam Sessoms is a automobile. The guard, donning the No. 12 bailiwick of jersey, posted 18 points, leading the Nittany Lions on Thursday night. Sessoms paced Penn Country in dorsum-to-back tournament games with large second halves to continue his team in contention. The college-ranked Buckeyes proved to exist a large challenge for Micah Shrewsberry’s team, merely Sessoms never failed to cause problems for Ohio Country from the field.
  • Ohio Country was plagued with injuries, but managed to play a seriously competitive game. Kyle Immature and Zed Fundamental didn’t brand appearances due to injuries and, freshman Malaki Branham rolled his talocrural joint in the opening minutes of the game. Branham was able to play through the injury, however, Ohio State lost some big contributors in Young and Key. It would exist interesting to meet how this matchup would expect with a salubrious Buckeye lineup.
  • 2d. Half. Team.

What’due south Next

The Nittany Lions are heading to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals to take on No. 3-seeded Purdue. That matchup is scheduled for nine p.1000. tomorrow, March 11 and tin can be viewed on the Large Ten Network.

Keeley Lamm

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