Penn State hoops squad drubs Ohio State
UNIVERSITY PARK – Tony Carr posted a game-high 30 points in Penn State’s 79-56 victory over Ohio State Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Ohio State entered the highly-anticipated Big ten rematch ranked number eight in the nation.
11,981 fans filled the Bryce Jordan Center to supply a dynamic atmosphere for the Penn State basketball team. Nearly 4,000 more fans than last year’s season average were in attendance.
The mix of Tony Carr’s 16 first-half points and a stingy defensive performance gave the Nittany Lions a 45-21 lead over the Buckeyes heading into the half.
Penn State kept the pedal down on the Buckeyes over the course of the second-half defensively, forcing the Buckeyes into several empty possessions, leaving no room for a potential comeback.
The once 30-point second half lead dipped down to 16 in the second half, but the scoring displayed by Carr and Shep Garner, who added 13 points, was too much for the Buckeyes down the stretch.
Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers, who earned his career-best 19th win with the Penn State program in the win over Ohio St, says thinks his team needs to take it one day at a time over the course of the final games of the 2017-18 season.
“These guys have bought into getting better, you are starting to see a team mature before your eyes,” Chambers said. ““We’re a different team now.”
Penn State will face another top ranked opponent as the team travels to face Purdue on Sunday, Feb. 18. The Lion hope to keep their March Madness dreams alive.