No. 1 Ohio State proved to be too much for the weary Nittany Lions, who were playing their fourth game in as many days. Sixth-seeded PSU could never quite find its range and dropped a 71-60 decision to fall to 19-14 on the season.
The Buckeyes, the tournament's top seed, improved to 33-2 in maintaining their status as the probable No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Fortunately for Ed DeChellis' Penn State squad, all reputable analysts project the Nittany Lions as an at-large NCAA bid, most likely as a No. 11 seed.
Ohio State built an early 16-8 lead in the title game. Though the Lions dictated tempo in the first half, they never could quite catch the Buckeyes and trailed 29-23 at the break.
OSU opened the second half with a 7-2 run to gain some breathing room and a winded Penn State squad didn't have the legs to make any sort of charge to get back in it until the Buckeyes were easing to the victory in the final minutes.
Talor Battle led PSU with 24 points and Jeff Brooks added 19. They were the only Lions in double figures.
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