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tBBC MBB: Ohio State Rolls Penn State 66-46

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Jan 25, 2016.

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    MBB: Ohio State Rolls Penn State 66-46
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    (Thad approves of his team’s shooting and rebounding.)

    Ohio State looked to improve its record (12-8, 4-3) by hosting Penn State (11-9, 2-5) Monday night. That they did, by downing the sketchy shooting Nittany Lions 66-46.

    Ohio State was the beneficiary of abysmal Penn State outside shooting, 13% (3-24). The Buckeyes shot well, rebounded well, but were plagued by turnovers. They played more passionate defense tonight, which is a good face to effort by this team. Well done.

    The Buckeyes were led by an outstanding game by Kieta Bates-Diop (22 pts, 8 rebs, 4 blocks). He was ably supported by Jae’Sean Tate (15 pts, 4 rebs) and Marc Loving (10, 3 rbs). Daniel Giddens scored only 5 points, but grabbed 9 rebounds. The Buckeyes shot 46% (24-52) from the field, 42% (8-19) from 3-pt range and 71% (10-14) from the foul line. They had 41 rebounds, 6 of them offensive rebounds and 15 turnovers. Ohio State blocked 8 PSU shots.

    Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions were 32% (19-59) from the field, 13% (3-24) from 3-pt range and only 40% (2-5) from the line. They grabbed 31 rebounds, 7 of them offensive and committed 11 turnovers. Penn State was led by Brandon Taylor (11 pts) and Jordan Dickerson (7).

    1st Half

    Ohio State skated through the first 18 minutes holding a 31-18 lead, based primarily on PSU’s horrid 3-pt shooting. The Nittany Lions were 2-16 from 3-pt range in the half, missing their first 3-pointers. The Buckeyes went into the break holding a 33-26 lead. It could have been better, but the Buckeyes were in a daze to end the half and were outscored 8-2 in the final 3:02.

    The Buckeyes took a 5-4 lead at the 17:45 mark on a KBD 3-pt’er. Kieta and Marc Loving drove the offense as OSU stretched their lead to 15-6 at the midpoint. There were really no “runs” in the half with OSU just stretching the lead to 31-18, then drifted during the final 3 minutes to let PSU back into the game.

    The Buckeyes were 12-27 (44%) from the field, 6-12 (50%) from 3-pt range, and were 3-4 (75%) from the free throw line. They grabbed 22 rebounds, only 3 of them offensive, and had 10 turnovers. Ohio State was led by Kieta Bates- Diop (8 points), Marc Loving (8 pts) and Jae’Sean Tate (7 pts). Daniel Giddens had 4 rebounds.

    In contrast, Penn State was 11-30 (37%) from the field, 2-16 (13%) from 3-pt range and 2-5 (40%) from the free throw line. The Nittany Lions had 15 rebounds, 2 of them offensive and 4 turnovers.

    2nd Half

    Nothing remarkable happened early in the 2nd half. At the under-12 mark, OSU had outscored PSU 16-9 in the half to move their lead to 49-35. The good news is that Jae’Sean Tate had 6 of OSU’s 16 points during this stretch. PSU did do a nice job of pacing their scoring through the mid-point mark; they averaged one FG every 2 minutes. That is not putting too much pressure on Ohio State.

    From the 13 minute to the 9 minute mark, OSU went on a 9-2 run to open then lead a bit (54-35), but a 6-0 PSU run over the next 1:35 worked into the Buckeye lead pretty quickly. Lazy (poor transition) defense by OSU aided and abetted this run. Thad took a time-out, got the team settled and they responded with a 7-0 run over the next 2:30 to move the lead back up to 61-43.

    Things flattened out from the 5:30 to 3:46 mark with missed shots and turnovers far exceeding scoring (3 free throws by KBD). Ohio State clamped down on defense to close out the game. A Payton Banks 3-pointer at the :29 mark, were the only points scored by the Nittany Lions in the last 7:36. The Buckeyes blocked 5 PSU shots during this stretch.

    I’ll have a more in depth post-mortem in the next day or two, be sure to check back. The Buckeyes next game is Thursday at @ 9:00 PM ET at Illinois.. You can watch the game on BTN and/or listen to it on 97.1. Go Buckeyes!

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