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Penn State sweeps Ohio State in regular season

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State guard Tim Frazier was so emotional on Senior Night that his coach had to take him out of the game after some early turnovers to calm him down.

"I'm telling myself to settle down," Frazier recalled, "but it's not happening."

Frazier had settled down enough by the end of the game to help the Nittany Lions post their second upset of Ohio State this season, a 65-63 win in the Bryce Jordan Center.

"You put so much into this program -- you can't blame the kid for being jacked up," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said of Frazier, who had 16 points, six assists and two turnovers. "I was happy to see us get a win for him."

Frazier's free throw with 6.8 seconds left gave his team a two-point lead. Ohio State guard Lenzelle Smith Jr.'s 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark, giving Penn State (14-14, 5-10 Big Ten) its third home Big Ten win of the season.

The Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7) suffered just their second loss in eight games. Forward LaQuinton Ross led Ohio State with 19 points and guard Aaron Craft had 10 points.

Guard D.J. Newbill scored a game-high 23 points for Penn State.

Penn State was clinging to a slim lead in the final minute before the Buckeyes forced a turnover and forward Trey McDonald's layup cut the deficit to 64-63 with 27 seconds left. Penn State forward Ross Travis missed two free throws, the Buckeyes rebounded and called timeout with 15 seconds left.

Smith fired a 3-point attempt that bounced over the backboard, giving the Nittany Lions another chance. After Frazier made one of two foul shots, Ohio State pushed the ball up quickly. Smith caught the ball inside the arc, took a dribble and a step back. He had a good look but could not get the shot to go.

"I was fine with the shot," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "I felt like that was as good a shot as we were going to get. I don't know if we were going to get a cleaner look on that one."

Penn State, which had flummoxed Ohio State by switching to zone earlier in the half, had only one primary defensive goal on the final few possessions.

"We just tried to take the ball out of Craft's hands," Chambers said. "We watch a good deal of tape, and he makes the winning plays. The kid's a flat-out winner. We made it difficult for him on the sideline out of bounds and then on free throw situations. We tried to get someone else to make a play, and it worked out in the end."

Craft played just 19 minutes because of foul trouble and only four in the first half. The Buckeyes missed their floor leader.

"We didn't have the flow that we normally have and the cutting and the timing," Matta said. "Those were the things that were probably the difference."

Ohio State finished 5-for-17 from 3-point range, making only one of seven tries in the second half. Smith missed five of his six long-range shots.

Penn State used a 10-2 run to take a 36-35 lead in the opening five minutes of the second half and the Nittany Lions led 47-42 with 8:54 to play.

Ohio State came back to tie the score at 49-49 on a free throw by McDonald with 6:50 left. The Nittany Lions, who had defeated Ohio State 71-70 in overtime in Columbus on Jan. 29 but had lost by double digits in each of their last two games, led the rest of the way.

"We just stayed positive," Newbill said. "Even when they made their run, we just kept coming."

Ohio State used a hot start to build a big early lead and held on for a 28-26 halftime advantage.

The Buckeyes made their first four shots from the field and six of their first nine, building a 22-11 lead. However, after Craft went to the bench with his second foul at about the midway point, Ohio State lost some of its offensive rhythm and Penn State, with Frazier's help, got back in the game.

Frazier, who had nine points in the half, knocked down an open 3-pointer to pull the Nittany Lions within 28-26 with 2:19 left. Those were the final points of the half for either team.

Ohio State missed 17 of its last 21 shots from the field in the first half. All nine Buckeyes who played in the half scored, led by forward Sam Thompson with six points. Newbill had six points at the half for Penn State.

NOTES: Ohio State had not lost twice to a regular-season opponent since the 2008-09 season, when Michigan State and Illinois both defeated the Buckeyes two times. ... Ohio State G Aaron Craft and Penn State G Tim Frazier rank fourth and fifth, respectively, on the Big Ten career assist chart. ... Penn State junior G D.J. Newbill entered the game leading all Big Ten players in made field goals (163). He made five of nine attempts Thursday.
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