By Craig Merz, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kyle Young scored the go-ahead basket with 63 seconds left and Ohio State held off Penn State 74-70 in a Big Ten game on Thursday night.
Penn State’s Josh Reaves stole the ball from Andre Wesson in the backcourt and scored on a slam with 1:34 left for a 70-69 lead with 1:34 left.
Young drew the foul while making a layup but missed the free throw, putting Ohio State up 71-70.
Lamar Stevens thought he gave Penn State a 72-71 lead with 32.2 seconds left but he did not beat the shot clock off the inbound play.
After Wesson made one of two free throws for 73-71 Ohio State lead with 29.7 left, Rasir Bolton missed an open layup. Penn State fouled and C.J. Jackson made a pair of foul shots before Penn State missed its final two attempts.
Luther Mohammad had 20 points for the Buckeyes (15-7, 5-6 Big Ten).
Stevens and Reaves had 20 points each for Penn State (8-15, 1-11).
Penn State: Hoping to build some momentum from their first conference win, the Nittany Lions instead retreated and lost an opportunity in a winnable game to put more heat on coach Patrick Chambers, whose overall coaching record in his 10th season fell to 163-164. He is 121-136 in eight seasons at Penn State.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes are in a stretch where they can make up ground in the standings and improve their chances to make the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.
After consecutive road games, the task doesn’t get much easier for the Nittany Lions, who host No. 7 Michigan on Tuesday.
Ohio State plays at Indiana on Sunday looking for its second road win in the past three games.
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