At one point, Ohio State was 15-0. They are now 16-5. They can thank D.J. Newbill and the Penn State Nittany Lions for that fifth loss.
The Nittany Lions trailed 62-55 with three minutes to go in regulation, but a pair of free throws and a three by Newbill were part of a 7-0 run to tie it, and yet another Newbill three would make it 65-65 to head into overtime. Ohio State opened up a 70-67 lead in the extra frame, but Newbill scored again, and an Ohio State turnover set up a chance for the hoopster Nits to win it.
Everybody knew what was coming: Newbill with the ball, Ohio State senior point guard/leader/Wooden Award Nominee/Guy Who Just Plays To Win The Game And Does Things That Doesn't Show Up On The Stat Sheet/Guy Who Should Be The No. 1 Overall Pick per Dan Dakich, Aaron Craft guarding him.
And although Craft is one of the most adept on-ball defenders imaginable... Newbill got the best of him.
Game, Penn State, their biggest win of the season. And the Buckeyes' freefall continues.