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First-half hole too much for Penn State

From Mirror, wire reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Kyle Young scored 16 points, E.J. Liddell added 14 points and Ohio State beat Penn State 76-64 on Sunday night in a Big Ten opener for both teams.

Ohio State made seven 3-pointers in the opening 10 minutes of the game. Six different Buckeyes made a 3 during the spree for a 27-19 lead, and Ohio State led 41-30 at halftime after going 7 of 16 from distance.

Ohio State led by double figures for the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Penn State got as close as six points until Justin Ahrens sank a 3-pointer from the corner for a 70-61 lead at 2:15.

“First of all, I want to really thank our fans that came out tonight. Our students have been fantastic. They keep coming back, they keep showing up. I’m looking forward to the day where we put together 40 minutes of good basketball for them,” Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry said. We’re getting better, but we’re not playing 40 minutes. And you have to against a good basketball team. That’s a really good basketball team. They hurt you in a lot of different areas. They score in the post, they’ve got shooting, and they’ve got guys that can drive, and they’re one of the best defensive teams in the country. You got to play great when you play a team like that. I don’t think we were the best version of ourselves.”

Malachi Branham added 11 points for Ohio State (6-2). Young made all four of his 3-pointers and Ahrens went 3 of 8 from distance. Liddell picked up his fourth foul with 5:53 remaining and went 4 of 9 from the field.

Ohio State was coming off the program’s 10th win over a No. 1 ranked team with a 71-66 upset of Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ohio State hosts Towson and No. 23 Wisconsin next week.

Jalen Pickett led Penn State (4-4) with 23 points and Seth Lundy added 13. John Harrar, who leads the Big Ten and is in the Top 15 nationally at 10.9 rebounds per game, grabbed 11 of his 12 rebounds in the second half. Harrar also scored 12 points.

Jamari Wheeler, who was recruited to play at Penn State by former coach Patrick Chambers, entered the transfer portal last season and now plays for the Buckeyes. He finished with nine points on a 4-for-10 shooting from the field night.

The Nittany Lions play Wagner on Wednesday at home at 7 p.m., and No. 22 Michigan State on Saturday on the road. That game is set for 2 p.m.

OHIO ST. (6-2): Ahrens 3-8 0-0 9, Key 2-3 0-0 4, Liddell 4-9 6-8 14, Branham 5-9 0-0 11, Wheeler 4-10 0-0 9, Young 4-5 4-4 16, M.Johnson 3-5 0-0 8, Russell 1-3 0-0 3, Brunk 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-53 10-12 76.

PENN ST. (4-4): Harrar 6-9 0-2 12, Lundy 5-12 2-2 13, Cornwall 1-5 4-4 6, Pickett 8-15 5-5 23, Sessoms 2-7 0-0 5, Dread 1-3 0-0 3, D.Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, White 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 23-51 13-15 64.

Halftime–Ohio St. 41-30. 3-Point Goals–Ohio St. 12-27 (Young 4-4, Ahrens 3-8, M.Johnson 2-2, Russell 1-2, Branham 1-3, Wheeler 1-6, Liddell 0-2), Penn St. 5-17 (Pickett 2-7, Sessoms 1-2, Dread 1-3, Lundy 1-3, Cornwall 0-2). Rebounds–Ohio St. 26 (Young 7), Penn St. 28 (Harrar 12). Assists–Ohio St. 17 (Wheeler 9), Penn St. 12 (Sessoms 4). Total Fouls–Ohio St. 17, Penn St. 16. A–9,128

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