Jan. 26, 2005

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AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Brandon Fuss-Cheatham more than doubled his average with 15 points to help Ohio State to a 68-62 win over Penn State on Wednesday night, handing the Nittany Lions their 27th consecutive Big Ten road loss.

Tony Stockman, scoreless in his last home game, led the Buckeyes (13-7, 2-4 Big Ten) with 17 points. Je’Kel Foster added 14 points, hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers. J.J. Sullinger chipped in with 10 points for Ohio State, which ended a four-game losing skid.

Geary Claxton scored 18 points and Mike Walker had 12 for the Nittany Lions (7-12, 1-5) , who have lost six of seven.

Aaron Johnson, leading the Big Ten in rebounding, had 13 rebounds but hit just one of his nine shots from the field and scored three points.

Penn State cut a 15-point Ohio State lead to four on Ben Luber’s 3-pointer with 8:06 left before the Buckeyes countered with a Fuss-Cheatham jumper and Foster’s fourth 3 of the game to make it 57-48. The Nittany Lions cut the lead to 60-54 on Danny Morrissey’s long 3-pointer, but Fuss-Cheatham’s shot behind the arc at the 3:04 pushed the lead back to nine points. It never fell below that until the final minute.

Fuss-Cheatham, averaging 6.1 points a game, hit 6-of-11 shots from the field including 3-of-5 3-pointers. He came into the game having made only four 3-pointers in Ohio State’s five previous Big Ten games.

Terence Dials, Ohio State’s leading scorer at 16.4 points a game, was held to five points in his head-to-head struggle underneath with Johnson.

Stockman scored 11 points in the first half as the Buckeyes built a 37-26 lead. Penn State missed its first seven shots from the field and trailed 11-1 before Johnson scored inside for the Nittany Lions’ first field goal, almost 5{ minutes in.

A 6-0 run brought the Lions as close as 22-16 before Stockman hit a 3-pointer and Foster made two more on consecutive possessions for a 31-18 lead.