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Penn State men’s basketball: Newbill, Nittany Lions upset Buckeyes in OT

D.J. Newbill had the ball in his hands with a chance to make one more big play to lift Penn State to an upset over Ohio State. With the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft guarding him, Newbill made his move, crossing over to his left, before letting go his pull-up jumper.

Newbill knocked it down with 2 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Penn State past No. 24 Ohio State 71-70 for the upset victory on Wednesday night.

“There were 11 seconds left, we were down by one. I just cleared out one side of the floor,” Newbill said. “I knew they were going to try to stop me from going to the right because they’d been shading me left the whole game. I just made a quick, right-to-left crossover and pulled up with confidence. Fortunately, it went down.”

Newbill, who scored a game-high 25 points to go with eight rebounds, also hit the game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime. The win snapped the Nittany Lions’ 18-game losing streak to the Buckeyes, which spanned more than 10 years, and marked Penn State’s second straight win in Big Ten play. Brandon Taylor finished with 19 points, Graham Woodward added 11 and Tim Frazier finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Buckeyes coach Thad Matta entered the game 17-0 against Penn State since taking over the program in 2004-05.

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said the subject of Ohio State’s domination wasn’t brought up.

“We never mentioned it. That’s over. We’re a new team,” he said. “We can’t be concerned about the past.”

Ohio State has now lost five of its last six games after a 15-0 start which saw it rise to No. 3 in the polls.

Penn State (11-10, 2-6) trailed by 11 points with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation.

But the Lions used a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 59-53 with less than five mintues to play. After the Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5) expanded their lead to seven with a pair of free throws by LaQuinton Ross with 3:19 remaining, PSU answered with another run to close the gap.

Newbill hit a pair of free throws, and Lions center Jordan Dickerson finished a layup off a pass from Frazier to bring PSU within 62-59 with just more than two minutes remaining. Dickerson finished with five blocks in 22 minutes playing for starter Donovon Jack, who played just 10 minutes due to foul trouble.

After a defensive stop, Frazier found an open Newbill with a cross-court pass for a 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the game at 62 with 1:09 remaining. But Ohio State ended the seven-point run and retook the lead on the ensuing possession on a layup by Craft.

Frazier raced down the floor and drew a foul with 28 seconds to go, giving him a chance to tie the game again.

But the Lions guard missed both free throws, and Ohio State had a chance to seal it after Lenzelle Smith Jr. grabbed the rebound and went to the line. Smith missed the first and hit the second to push the Buckeyes lead to 65-62, leaving the door open for the Lions to force overtime.

Penn State took a timeout with 23 seconds left to set up its game-tying attempt.

Frazier passed it off to Woodward at the top of the key to start the sequence. Woodward dribbled to his left and handed it off to Newbill, who knocked down the wide-open look to tie it at 65 with 13 seconds left. Smith’s 3-point attempt, and Shannon Scott’s tip-in both missed in the final seconds.

In overtime, Ohio State jumped ahead 70-67 with just more than two minutes remaining. After trading possessions, Newbill split a pair of defenders with a crossover and finished a layup late in the shot clock to move the Lions within one point with 39.4 seconds remaining.

Coming out of a Buckeyes timeout, OSU’s Amir Williams lost the ball out of bounds to set the stage for Newbill’s game-winning shot.

Newbill nailed the jumper over Craft from the right wing to push PSU ahead 71-70 with 2 seconds remaining. The Buckeyes failed to get off a shot in the final moments to complete Penn State’s upset.

“They did everything they needed to down the stretch,” Craft said. “They made shots, they made big plays, they rebounded the ball. We just didn’t do it.”