COLUMBUS (AP) — D.J. Newbill didn’t know that Ohio State had Penn State’s number.
Newbill hit a pull-up jumper over Aaron Craft with 2 seconds left in overtime, lifting Penn State to a 71-70 victory over No. 24 Ohio State on Wednesday night and ending years of futility against the Buckeyes.
“There were 11 seconds left, we were down by one. I just cleared out one side of the floor,” Newbill said. “I knew they were going to try to stop me from going to the right because they’d been shading me left the whole game. I just made a quick, right-to-left crossover and pulled up with confidence. Fortunately, it went down.”
Newbill, who led the Nittany Lions (11-10 overall, 2-6 Big Ten) with 25 points, also hit a 3 that forced the extra session.
He didn’t know, or even care, who was guarding him on the last shot. Craft is considered one of the nation’s best one-on-one defenders.
“They did everything they needed to down the stretch,” Craft said. “They made shots, they made big plays, they rebounded the ball. We just didn’t do it.”
Ohio State (16-5, 3-5) has lost five of six after a 15-0 start which saw it rise to No. 3 in the polls.
Brandon Taylor added 19 points and Graham Woodward had 11 as Penn State ended Ohio State’s string of victories in the series at 18. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was 17-0 against Penn State since taking over as head coach in 2004-05.
Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers said the subject of Ohio State’s domination wasn’t brought up.
“We never mentioned it. That’s over. We’re a new team,” he said. “We can’t be concerned about the past.”
Newbill said he had no idea that Ohio State had controlled the series.
In the overtime, Taylor gave the Lions a quick lead on a follow before Amir Williams, who had 12 points, hit a free throw and Lenzelle Smith Jr., who had 15 for the Buckeyes, scored to put their team up 68-67.
Smith was then hit in the face while shooting a 3 and made the last two of the three free throws for a three-point lead.
After the teams traded misses, Newbill ended up with the ball atop the key with the shot clock winding down. He drove the lane and got off the layup just in time to cut the lead to 70-69 with 39.4 seconds left.
The Buckeyes then turned it over when LaQuinton Ross, who led Ohio State with 16 points, drove and passed in traffic to Williams, the ball going out of bounds off his hands with 13 seconds left.
Penn State brought the ball down with Newbill waving off his teammates to take the ball one-on-one against Craft. From the right wing, he crossed over on the dribble and pulled up for a 14-foot jumper that caught nothing but net with 2 seconds left.
After an Ohio State timeout, Craft took the inbounds pass and drove over midcourt but was unable to get off a shot before the buzzer sounded.
“He had a tough pull-up when Aaron had him in front of him,” Matta said. “Yeah, that was a tough shot.”
Tim Frazier had a brilliant all-around game for the Nittany Lions, with eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 43 minutes.
The graduate student said it was one of the biggest wins he’s ever celebrated.
Toledo 83, Miami (Ohio) 70
OXFORD — Justin Drummond scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the University of Toledo pulled away from Miami (Ohio) for an 83-70 victory Wednesday night.
The Rockets (18-2 overall, 6-1 Mid-American) opened the second half on a 17-5 run to extend its lead to 54-38 and maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game. Drummond scored eight straight points during the run.
Nathan Boothe added 14 points and J.D. Weatherspoon had 13 for Toledo, which shot 55 percent from the field and won its sixth straight game.
Boothe also had three blocked shots, while Julius Brown had eight assists for the Rockets.
Miami (8-10, 4-3) made just 1 of 17 from beyond the 3-point arc and got outrebounded 44-26. Geovonie McKnight had a career-high 18 points for the RedHawks.
Eastern Michigan 69,
Bowling Green 57
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Glenn Bryant came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points and grab 10 rebounds to lead Eastern Michigan to a 69-57 victory over Bowling Green State University Wednesday night.
Mike Talley had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Eagles (12-8 overall, 4-3 Mid-American Conference). Daylen Harrison and Ray Lee each added 10 points.
Eastern Michigan hit 40 percent from the field overall and 60.7 percent from the line. The Eagles outrebounded the Falcons 45-36.
The Eagles led 39-29 at halftime and continued to dominate in the second half, going on to lead by as many as 19 points, 69-50, with 2:25 left to play.
Bowling Green went on a 7-0 spurt in the final 2 minutes but could not touch the Eagles.
Richaun Holmes led the Falcons (9-11, 3-4) with 20 points and nine rebounds.