Simmons’s 3s lead Ohio State, 73-59

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Jeremie Simmons, benched for the first time all season, came off the bench to score 14 points and lead a second-half surge as Ohio State beat Penn State 73-59 Tuesday night to end a three-game losing skid.

Simmons scored the last five points of the first half to give Ohio State a lead, then hit three 3-pointers as the Buckeyes (18-8, 8-7 Big Ten) took control by scoring 25 of the game’s final 35 points.

P.J. Hill, who replaced Simmons to start for the first time in his 49th game at Ohio State, had a career-high 13 points. So did freshman center B.J. Mullens. Another freshman, William Buford, added 11 points, all in the first half.

Evan Turner, second in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.2 points per game, did not score in the opening 32 minutes and finished with just six points. But he had a career-high eight assists to go with six rebounds.

Jamelle Cornley had 11 points, with Stanley Pringle, Talor Battle and Andrew Jones each scoring 10 for the Nittany Lions (19-9, 8-7).

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 Top Performers
 Penn St.
Talor Battle Talor Battle
4-11,  10 Pts
9 Rebs, 7 Assists
 Ohio St.
B.J. Mullens B.J. Mullens
5-7,  13 Pts
5 Rebs, 0 Assists

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