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Newbill's late OT jumper lifts PSU over No. 24 OSU
PENN ST 71, OHIO ST 70

By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (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, 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.

Northwestern beat No. 14 Wisconsin 65-56 on Wednesday night and
according to the Big Ten Network this was the first time the
Nittany Lions and Wildcats won road games on the same day since
Penn State joined the conference in 1993.

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.

"Definitely. This is one of the biggest wins, especially under
this new coaching regime," he said, referring to Chambers, who
is in his third year in Happy Valley. "I'd never beaten Ohio
State. It's a huge win against those guys."

Ohio State led by 11 points with 7:58 remaining but couldn't
hang on in the face of a Penn State team which has come close
repeatedly to pulling off big wins but has had difficulty
closing the deal.

Not this time.

Newbill poured in a high-arcing 3 from in front of the Nittany
Lions' bench to tie it at 62 with 1:09 left.

Craft drove into traffic with 42 seconds left and the ball went
out of bounds. After an official review, the ball was awarded to
the Buckeyes. Craft drove and flipped up a shot that bounced on
the back of the rim before falling with 34 seconds left to put
the Buckeyes up 64-62. A free throw by Smith pushed the lead to
three points.

After a timeout, the Nittany Lions ran a weave with Newbill
hitting a 3 with 13 seconds left to tie it and force the
overtime.

Smith was both angry and disappointed about his team's recent
failures.

"As a senior, this is not what I had in mind," he said.

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