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Jan. 10, 2001

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By CHARLEY GILLESPIE
Associated Press Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Joe Crispin scored 20 points and Titus Ivory added 18 as Penn State beat Ohio State 78-75 Wednesday.

Crispin, who leads the Big Ten in scoring, shot 7-of-18 from the field with four 3-pointers. He has scored at least 20 points in each of his last seven games.

Ivory made 5-of-9 3-point shots and Penn State made 13-of-26 3-point attempts as a team. The Nittany Lions had five players make a 3-point shot and leads the Big Ten averaging over eight 3-point shots made a game.

Ohio State pulled to within 76-75 off a layup by Brian Brown with six seconds left. After being fouled Tyler Smith made two free throws to put Penn State up 78-75. Gyasi Cline-Heard blocked Brown’s 3-point shot that would have tied the game at the buzzer.

Penn State was forced to shoot from the perimeter after Ken Johnson set the tone inside forcing Penn State players to alter their shots. Johnson had 14 points in the first half by powering his way inside for short jump shots or settling for hook shots when defenders managed to stay in front of him.

Johnson finished with 24 points and ten rebounds. His two-handed dunk put the Buckeyes up 25-16 with ten minutes left in the first half.

Johnson led the nation last year in blocked shots but had only one block in the game.

Brown, who leads the Buckeyes averaging 14 points a game, had 15 points and Zach Williams had 12 for the Buckeyes (10-5, 1-2 in the Big Ten).

Penn State had four players in double-figures. Cline-Heard finished with 13 points. Jon Crispin made both of his 3-point shots including one that tied the game at 32 with four minutes left in the first half.

After holding Joe Crispin to just 1-of-5 3-point attempts in the first half, but he got hot in the second half hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Nittany Lions up 49-46 with 16 minutes left.

Ohio State leads the league in tough defense holding opponents to shooting just 37.6 percent but Penn State shot 52.9 percent from the field.

Ohio State has lost just five home games in the three-year history of Value City Arena and in those five losses no team has won by more than three points.