Sam Thompson's near-perfect shooting day helped the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes roll past the Penn State Nittany Lions, 65-51, on Saturday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.
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Thompson finished 6-for-7 from the field, including hitting both attempts from three-point range, and made both of his free throws on his way to a 16-point day. Lenzelle Smith Jr. pitched in 11 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes, who used a 14-2 run midway through the first half to pull away from the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State built its lead to 20 points after Deshaun Thomas hit a pair of free throws with 6:09 remaining in the game. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes defense kept Penn State off the board for several long stretches by holding the Nittany Lions to 37-percent shooting.
Ohio State (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) will return home to face Wisconsin on Tuesday. Penn State (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten) will hit the road to take on Iowa on Thursday.