Ohio State (18-8, 8-7 Big Ten) 73, Penn State (19-9, 8-7 Big Ten) 59
Feb. 24, 2009
Value City Arena
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State 22-12. In Columbus, the Buckeyes hold a 12-3 advantage. Ohio State has won the last 11 meetings.
The Buckeyes opened the game on a 19-2 run over the first 7:28. Penn State countered with a 21-3 run from the 11:48 mark to 7:08 in the half.
Junior guard P.J. Hill made his first career start for the Buckeyes and set a career high in points and made 3-point baskets with 13 and two, respectively. It is the second-consecutive game Hill has set a career high in points.
Junior guard Jeremie Simmons led the Buckeyes in scoring for the first time of his career, tallying 14 points.
Simmons set a career high with four made 3-point baskets.
The Buckeyes are 70-2 against unranked opponents at home under Thad Matta.
Ohio State is 15-2 when leading at the half.
The Buckeyes are 18-1 this season and 112-5 when leading with five minutes to play.
Sophomore guard Jon Diebler went 3-for-6 from the 3-point line. He has made a 3-point basket in 24 of 26 games this season.
Diebler played 40 or more minutes for the seventh-consecutive game and 10th time this season.
Ohio State is 12-15 when playing on Feb. 24.
The Buckeyes are 44-17 against Big Ten Conference opponents all-time in Value City Arena.
Thad Matta is 80-9 overall in Columbus with a record of 76-9 at VCA, 3-0 at St. John Arena and 1-0 at Nationwide Arena.
Matta’s career record is 225-74 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 123-43 in his fifth year at Ohio State and 10-0 vs. Penn State.