January 25, 2018

Postgame Notes: Penn State 82, No. 13 Ohio State 79


Jan. 25, 2018

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Penn State 82 (14-8, 4-5 B1G), No. 13 Ohio State 79 (18-5, 9-1 B1G)
Jan. 25, 2018
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,464


  • The game marked the 49th meeting between Ohio State and Penn State.
  • The Buckeyes lead the series 34-15 all-time against the Nittany Lions, and 17-5 in home games.
  • Ohio State had won the five previous meetings between the two squads, with its last loss being a 65-63 contest at Penn State Feb. 27, 2014.
  • Ohio State is 18-5 against Penn State when it enters the game ranked in the Top 25.


  • Ohio State allowed a season-high 78.6 percent (11-14) from 3-point range.
  • Penn State’s 78.6 percent from long range was the second highest percentage allowed by Ohio State all-time trailing only Illinois’ 87.5 percent (7/8) posted Jan. 27, 1990.
  • The Nittany Lions’ 58.3 percent (28-48) from the field was the highest shooting percentage by a Big Ten opponent this season.
  • Ohio State shot a perfect 16-16 from the free throw line in the contest.
  • The 16-for-16 mark ties an Ohio State record for most free throws in a contest without a miss. The other contest was against Michigan Jan. 15, 2003.
  • The Buckeyes are 9-1 this season when shooting 50 percent or higher from the field.

Chris Holtmann

  • The game marked the first time Chris Holtmann has faced Penn State in his career.
  • Holtmann’s conference win streak ends at nine games giving him the third longest conference win streak to start a career in Big Ten history.

Keita Bates-Diop

  • Keita Bates-Diop scored a team-high 25 points while also grabbing four rebounds and two assists in the contest.
  • Bates-Diop’s three 3-pointers made in the contest give him 101 made 3-pointers for his career.
  • Bates-Diop’s 25 points move his career total to 1,058 and moves him up to the 47th spot on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list.
  • The game was Bates-Diop’s 10th game this season scoring 20-plus points.

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Jae’Sean Tate scored 17 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two steals, while going a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line.
  • Tate recorded his 13th career double-double and his third of the season. Ohio State is 9-4 in games in which Tate records a double-double.
  • Tate’s 17 points give him 1,388 for his career and move him past Brian Brown for the 25th spot on the Ohio State all-time scoring list.


  • C.J. Jackson scored 12 points, adding five assists and a steal while going 2-5 from behind the arc.
  • Jackson has now made a 3-pointer in 19 consecutive games.