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Recap: Ohio State 65, Penn State 51
Line Movements
Date: January 26, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
  

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Left open in the corner, Sam Thompson found an uncontested path to the basket along the baseline and contorted his body around 6-foot-9 center Sasa Borovnjak for a layup and three-point play.

With Big Ten-leading scorer Deshaun Thomas having an off day, the lithe 6--7 Thompson stepped up Saturday for No. 14 Ohio State.

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He scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, and the Buckeyes took advantage of cold-shooting Penn State for a 65-51 victory.

``I really did the easy part,' the sophomore said. ``Guys found me, I was wide open, and I just knocked down some shots.'

Jermaine Marshall had 16 points for the Nittany Lions, who have lost 18 straight to the Buckeyes. Thomas finished with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, well below his league-leading average of 20.5.

Thompson picked up the slack from the field for Ohio State (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten), while Lenzelle Smith Jr. helped put away pesky Penn State by hitting 5 of 6 from the foul line over the final 4:13.

An 11-minute stretch without a field goal in the first half hurt the Nittany Lions (8-12, 0-8).

``If you told me that we'd hold Deshaun Thomas to 11 points, I'd tell you we're in the game with a chance to win,' coach Patrick Chambers said.

D.J. Newbill had 15 points and six assists, while Borovnjak added nine points. The Nittany Lions did draw within 59-49 with 2:41 left off two foul shots from Marshall.

But Smith (11 points, eight rebounds) was clutch at the foul line down the stretch, and Thompson hurt the Nittany Lions all day.

He answered one Penn State run with a 3 from the wing to keep the lead at double digits. His acrobatic drive around Borovnjak for the three-point play put Ohio State up 43-27 with about 13:30 left.

``Sam was tremendous today. I really challenged Sam to play his best basketball,' coach Thad Matta said. ``From the standpoint of what he brought to the table today, I couldn't be happier for him.'

Ohio State gradually asserted control in the second half, though scrappy Penn State tried to hang around with defense - Thompson's good day notwithstanding.

The Buckeyes held a 39-25 advantage on the boards, and limited the Nittany Lions to just two offensive rebounds. Penn State did commit a season-low four turnovers and got to the line 17 times in the second half.

They converted just 11 into free throws, though Matta wasn't happy with the way that his team committed 13 second-half fouls to give the Nittany Lions life. The free throw line has been a strength for Penn State in conference play at 71 percent, second-best in the Big Ten behind Illinois' 73 percent.

``Our biggest problem today was our fouling in the second half,' Matta said. ``Some of the fouls we were committing were not the smartest fouls in the world.'

But poor shooting early had spoiled thoughts of a Penn State upset.

Ohio State pulled away midway through the first half after Penn State went cold from the field after an impressive drive by Newbill. The Nittany Lions guard stopped suddenly in the lane, causing Buckeyes standout defender Aaron Craft to trip backward to leave an obstacle-free path to the basket for Newbill for an 11-all tie with 13:34 left.

And then the Nittany Lions went more than 11 minutes until their next field goal. By that time, Marshall's 3 with 1:27 in the half cut Ohio State's lead to 27-16.

In between, they had bad misses from their big men; a drive from Marshall that bounced tantalizingly on the rim before skipping off; and five missed 3s in the half by Brandon Taylor, several wide open from the wing.

The Nittany Lions tried to keep up throughout the afternoon defense, mixing up looks against Ohio State. Though they often lack in talent, Chambers' team has been well-schooled in hustling and scrambling for loose balls for 40 minutes.

``I feel like we're close, if we can just get a third scorer,' Chambers said. ``Our defense is really at a good place.'

The Buckeyes weren't playing particularly well, either, but good ball movement gave them sound chances from the corners. Thompson's behind-the-back pass to an open Shannon Scott in the right corner gave the Buckeyes a 17-11 lead with 12 minutes left.

In this game, against cold-shooting Penn State, it seemed like a double-digit deficit to the delight of the healthy sprinkling of fans wearing Ohio state red.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 OHIOST  -1000   -13   128 
 PENNST  +700   +13   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 OHIOST     -12.5   128 
 PENNST     +12.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 OHIOST  n/a   64%   23% 
 PENNST  n/a   36%   77% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 26
 
    Syracuse at Villanova
11:00 AM EDT
    Georgia State at Drexel
12:00 PM EDT
    Louisville at Georgetown
12:00 PM EDT
    Notre Dame at South Florida
12:00 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Penn State
12:00 PM EDT
    Maryland at Duke
1:00 PM EDT
    Rhode Island at Fordham
1:00 PM EDT
    Northern Iowa at Indiana State
1:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Oklahoma State
1:00 PM EDT
    Boston College at Virginia
1:00 PM EDT
    Kansas State at Iowa State
1:45 PM EDT
    Arkansas at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Dartmouth at Harvard
2:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Hofstra
2:00 PM EDT
    Providence at Marquette
2:00 PM EDT
    Marshall at Memphis
2:00 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Wisconsin
2:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Yale
2:00 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Youngstown St
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Georgia Tech
3:00 PM EDT
    Northwestern at Nebraska
3:00 PM EDT
    Santa Clara at San Diego
4:00 PM EDT
    New Mexico at San Diego State
4:00 PM EDT
    Old Dominion at James Madison
4:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Loyola-Chicago
4:00 PM EDT
    Boise State at Nevada
4:00 PM EDT
    Baylor at Texas Christian
4:00 PM EDT
    DePaul at Pittsburgh
4:00 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at Missouri
5:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at Oregon State
5:00 PM EDT
    Xavier at St Josephs
6:00 PM EDT
    Temple at Butler
6:00 PM EDT
    Georgia at Texas AM
6:00 PM EDT
    Hawaii at Santa Barbara
7:00 PM EDT
    Cornell at Columbia
7:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at North Carolina State
7:00 PM EDT
    Illinois Chicago at Wright State
7:00 PM EDT
    Washington at Oregon
7:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Auburn
8:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Illinois State
8:00 PM EDT
    Florida at Mississippi St
8:00 PM EDT
    LaSalle at Virginia Commonwealth
8:00 PM EDT
    Bradley at Wichita State
8:00 PM EDT
    Weber State at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Washington at Southern Utah
9:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana Tech at Utah State
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Colo at Sacramento State
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal Riverside at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Northridge at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at Pacific
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