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Penn St. 98, No. 10 Ohio St. 85, OT

February 27, 1999

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) _ Joe Crispin scored 29 points, including eight in a row in the first minute of overtime, as Penn State upset No. 10 Ohio State 98-85 Saturday afternoon.

Crispin had missed a free throw that would have given Penn State a four-point lead with 26 seconds left in regulation. Then Nashaun Coleman made a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to sent the game into overtime.

Dan Earl added 22 points and Calvin Booth 21 in their final home games at Penn State (13-13, 5-11 Big Ten). The Lions won their third straight game and snapped a six-game home losing skid. Four of those losses were by four points or less to Top 25 teams.

Michael Redd scored 26 and Scoonie Penn added 22 as Ohio State (22-7, 12-4) had its seven-game winning streak snapped. The Buckeyes will still be the No. 2 seed when the Big Ten Tournament begins Thursday.

The victory improved the Nittany Lions’ chances of returning to the NIT, where they went to the finals last year. With a win in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament this weekend, Penn State would finish .500 or better and be eligible for post-season play.

Crispin had two 3-pointers and a layup as Penn State took a 82-74 lead with 3:57 left in overtime, and the Buckeyes never recovered as the Lions made 14 of 16 free throws.

Crispin had also led the way as the Lions pulled away late in regulation. First, he made a 3-pointer on an inbounds play. Then he scrapped for a rebound and sank a 10-footer to give the Lions a 70-64 lead with 3:41 to play.

But after the Buckeyes cut it to 74-71 on Redd’s uncontested layup, Crispin missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Penn penetrated and found Coleman for the tying 3-pointer.

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