Sunday, January 11, 2004

Buckeyes suffer from dismal shooting

Ohio State makes 36 percent, misses all 13 3-pointers

The Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - An already dismal Ohio State season got bleaker Saturday.

Marlon Smith scored 23 points to lead Penn State to a 64-47 win against Ohio State, dropping the Buckeyes to their third consecutive loss.

Ohio State (8-7, 0-2 Big Ten) hit just 20 of 55 shots (36 percent) and misfired on all 13 3-point attempts.

It was the Buckeyes' worst loss to Penn State in 27 meetings.

"When we have 19 turnovers and we only get to the free throw line eight times and we go 0-for-13 on 3s, where do you think the points are going to come from?" Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said.

A 14-2 run to open the second half put Penn State (8-5, 2-0 Big Ten) ahead by 13. Robert Summers scored six consecutive points to cap the stretch.

Summers finished with seven points and eight rebounds while Aaron Johnson scored 12 and had six rebounds for the Nittany Lions.

Velimir Radinovic led Ohio State with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Buckeyes haven't opened the Big Ten by losing their first two games since O'Brien's first season in 1997-98.

First-year Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said his team always seemed to come up with timely plays.

"We made some big shots. We made some big plays. We guarded well and we got big rebounds when we needed to get them," he said.

The Nittany Lions shot 57 percent in the second half and scored 28 points off Ohio State turnovers.

"We played like we wanted it more," Summers said. "We have a knack of playing like we want to win. We hustle on defense and we have a lot of workhorses."

That has not been the case for the Buckeyes, who constantly have shuffled their lineup to find a cohesive unit. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Lions 35-30 and had 10 more shots.

Asked how much his team's poor perimeter shooting had to do with Penn State guessing right on defense, O'Brien said: "I really have no idea. I thought we got more than enough opportunities to make some shots."

OHIO STATE (8-7)-T.Dials 2-5 2-2 6, Radinovic 6-9 4-4 16, Stockman 2-10 0-0 4, N.Dials 1-6 0-0 2, Billings 0-2 0-0 0, Sullinger 1-5 0-0 2, Fuss-Cheatham 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 3-5 0-0 6, Nwankwo 1-3 1-2 3, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Sylvester 1-4 0-0 2, Jenkins 1-2 0-0 2, Marinchick 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 20-55 7-8 47.

PENN STATE (8-5)-Summers 3-7 1-3 7, Egekeze 0-2 1-2 1, Jagla 3-9 6-7 12, Luber 3-9 2-2 9, Smith 5-8 11-16 23, Johnson 6-9 0-2 12, Adler 0-0 0-0 0, Fletcher 0-0 0-0 0, Fellows 0-0 0-0 0, McDougald 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-45 21-32 64.

Halftime-Penn St. 27-26. 3-Point goals-Ohio St. 0-13 (Billings 0-1, Sullinger 0-1, Sylvester 0-1, Nwankwo 0-2, N.Dials 0-3, Stockman 0-5), Penn St. 3-13 (Smith 2-4, Luber 1-4, Egekeze 0-1, Jagla 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds- Ohio St. 35 (Radinovic 11), Penn St. 30 (Summers 8). Assists-Ohio St. 9 (N.Dials, Sullinger 2), Penn St. 12 (Jagla, Luber, Smith 3). Total fouls-Ohio St. 24, Penn St. 13. Technicals-Harris. A-7,619.

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