Penn State 75, Ohio State 68
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) _ Glenn Sekunda scored 17 points and Penn State kept its slim NCAA tournament hopes alive Wednesday night with a 75-68 victory over Ohio State.
Penn State (16-9, 8-8 Big Ten) had a 17-point lead in the second half but Ohio State got within five in the final minute.
Dan Etzler led the Buckeyes (6-20, 2-13) with 29 points, but he missed a 3-pointer that would have cut the lead to 69-67 with 43 seconds remaining. Penn State then sealed the game with free throws.
Dan Earl had 16 points for the Nittany Lions and Ricky Dudley had 13 for the Buckeyes.
The Nittany Lions won despite playing much of the game without leading scorer and rebounder John Amaechi, who was hampered by foul trouble. Amaechi finished with just four points.
Amaechi went to the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 8:44 left and the Nittany Lions leading 56-42. Ohio State cut the lead to 58-49 after Etzler made a 3-pointer that hit the front of the rim and bounced in.
Penn State then reeled off eight straight points, including four free throws by Pete Lisicky.
In the first half, Penn State opened up a close game with a 15-5 run that gave the Nittany Lions a 33-21 lead. Earl had three steals during the run and he grabbed five rebounds in the first half.
Etzler had a steal and three baskets in the final two minutes of the half to cut the lead to 35-27.