National Basketball Association
Ohio St. 74, Penn St. 70
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 7, 2019
Where: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Officials: # Steve McJunkins, # Larry Scriotto, # Terry Wymer
Attendance: 15824

Luther Muhammad scored 20 points as Ohio State held off Penn State 74-70 in a foul-filled game Big Ten game Thursday at Columbus, Ohio.

Kyle Young put the Buckeyes ahead 71-70 with 63 seconds left. Lamar Stevens thought he gave Penn State a 72-71 lead with 32.2 seconds left, but he did not beat the shot clock.

After Andre Wesson made a free throw for a 72-70 Ohio State lead with 29.7 seconds left, Penn State's Rasir Bolton missed an open layup. The Nittany Lions fouled, and C.J. Jackson made a pair of foul shots before Penn State missed two shots.

There were 44 fouls called (Penn State 23, Ohio State 21) in the game -- three technical.

Stevens and Josh Reaves had 20 points apiece for Penn State (8-15, 1-11 Big Ten).

Ohio State (15-7, 5-6) led 34-31 at halftime.

Penn State jumped to an 8-2 lead with Reaves scoring all of the Nittany Lions' points, but the game quickly turned around with an 11-0 streak for the Buckeyes over a 3:53 span.

A free throw by Stevens interrupted the run, but Ohio State followed with 10 straight points and a 23-9 advantage with 9:30 left.

The Buckeyes were able to extend the lead to its largest margin, 28-13, at the 5:16 mark on a baseline drive by Muhammad.

Penn State still trailed 33-20 with 3:04 to go but pressured the Buckeyes into turnovers and hurried shots to go on an 11-1 run to pull to within three points by the break.

Stevens started the rally with a bucket and ended it with a three-point play with 15.3 seconds left.

Even though the Buckeyes were 25-9 last season, they lost all three games to Penn State, including 69-68 in the conference semifinals.

Penn State was coming off a 59-52 win at Northwestern on Monday to end an eight-game losing streak.

Ohio State plays at Indiana on Sunday. Penn State hosts No. 7 Michigan on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Penn St.   Ohio St.
Josh Reaves 20 Scoring Luther Muhammad 20
Jamari Wheeler 3 Assists Luther Muhammad 4
Lamar Stevens 12 Rebounds Andre Wesson 10
Lamar Stevens 8 Free Throws Made Luther Muhammad 8
Josh Reaves 5 Steals Kaleb Wesson 3
Mike Watkins 1 Blocks Kyle Young 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Penn St. 70 43.3 4-14 14-18 8 25 1 12 11
Ohio St. 74 50.0 7-14 23-29 11 30 4 5 18