College basketball: Penn St. holds off late rally to upset No. 22 Ohio State

February 27, 2014 

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D.J. Newbill scored 23 points, Tim Frazier added 16 and Penn State held off a late rally by No. 22 Ohio State for a 65-63 victory Thursday on Senior Night.

The Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten) had a chance to win at the end. Coming out of a timeout with 6.8 seconds left, Lenzelle Smith Jr.'s 3-pointer rimmed out. The Nittany Lions (14-14, 5-10) grabbed the rebound and time expired.

Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross, who scored 19 points. Aaron Craft, plagued by foul trouble most of the game, added 10.

Penn State swept the season series from Ohio State. The Nittany Lions upset the then-No. 23 Buckeyes 71-70 in overtime on Jan. 29 in Columbus, Ohio.

Nittany Lions forward Donovan Jack made a turnaround jumper, was fouled and hit the free throw to give Penn State a 60-55 lead with 1:59 to go.

Ross and Craft each made a pair of free throws, sandwiched around two by Frazier, to pull the Buckeyes to 62-59 with just more than a minute to go.

Frazier pushed Penn State's lead to five with 39.4 seconds left with a pair of free throws.

After Ross made two more free throws, Shannon Scott stole the inbounds pass and passed to Trey McDonald for a layup that cut it to 64-63.

Penn State missed two free throws on the ensuing possession, but Smith's shot caromed off the rim and over the backboard, giving the Nittany Lions the ball back with less than 10 seconds left.

Frazier was fouled and made one of two at the line, setting up Smith's last-second attempt from three-point range.

State men

Western Kentucky 51, Texas St. 50: George Fant scored 14 points Thursday night, including the game-winning bucket, as Western Kentucky rallied to beat Texas State.

T.J. Price scored 11, Trency Jackson 10, and the Hilltoppers (19-9, 11-4 Sun Belt Conference) outshot Texas State 41.7 percent to 35 percent.

Western Kentucky opened with a 7-1 run, but Texas State (8-20, 4-11) replied with a 10-0 run. Jackson's jumper gave Western Kentucky a 22-20 edge, but the Bobcats scored five straight and led 25-22 at halftime.

Texas State opened the second half with an 11-2 run for a 36-24 lead, but the Hilltoppers stayed close then took a 45-44 lead on a layup by Chris Harrison-Docks. Fant's layup with 49 seconds to play made it 51-48. Wright hit two free throws, but Naiel Smith missed a layup with 4 seconds to play and the Hilltoppers held on for the win.

E. Kentucky 74, Tennessee Tech 67: Tarius Johnson and Glenn Cosey scored 20 points each to lead host Eastern Kentucky past Tennessee Tech.

EKU (20-9, 10-5) led 63-61 with 3 minutes to go and went on an 11-3 run to pull away and clinch a bye in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

Tennessee Tech (15-15, 8-7) went ahead 55-49 on Josiah Moore's jumper with 8 minutes to go, but the Colonels answered with a 11-2 run, taking the lead for good at 59-57 on Eric Stutz's three-point play with 5:06 left.

Union 73, Point (Ga.) 59: Junior forward Fitzgerald White scored a team-high 22 points, and the top-seeded Bulldogs used a 22-0 second-half scoring run survive a scare and surge into the semifinals of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament at Kingsport, Tenn. Union (26-4) will meet No. 4 seed Milligan (Tenn.) on Friday at 2 p.m.

Tarik Smith added 15 points off the bench for Union. DeAntray Stevens had 13 points and nine assists.

Northern Kentucky 96, Stetson 58: Five Norse finished in double figures as Northern Kentucky drubbed Stetson. Cole Murray led with 17, Jalen Billups and Tyler White added 14 each, Jordan Jackson scored 13 and Dean Danos had 10 points. The Norse finished 13-for-24 from three-point range.

Cumberlands 74, Georgetown 71: Georgetown outrebounded Cumberlands 37-29 and made 28-of-30 from the line but still fell to the host Patriots. Tony Bradley led Cumberlands with 20 points and seven rebounds while Monty Wilson had 23 points for the Tigers.

Tennessee St. 70, Morehead St. 68: Patrick Miller poured in a career-high 38 points and drilled a go-ahead three-pointer with 2 seconds remaining, carrying Tennessee State to an upset over host Morehead State.

Tennessee State opened the second half on an 18-7 run to lead 52-38 at the midway mark, but Morehead State fought back to pull within one.

After a split pair of free throws by Jaleel Queary, Angelo Warner hit two to tie it at 67. A technical foul on Tennessee State sent Warner to the line again, but he split the free throws to put Morehead State up one with 7 seconds remaining.

Miller drained the game-winner and Drew Kelly couldn't answer with a three-pointer of his own as time expired.

Miller went 12 of 19 from the field for the Tigers (5-24, 4-11 Ohio Valley).

Warner finished with 19 for Morehead (19-11, 10-5) and Kelly had 15.

State women

Tennessee Tech 76, Eastern Kentucky 74: Hannah Goolsby knocked down a pair of free throws with 0.4 seconds on the clock to lift visiting Tennessee Tech past Eastern Kentucky.

Goolsby's free throws were the culmination of a furious final half-minute.

EKU senior Pilar Walker drained a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it a one possession game, 74-71, with 18 ticks remaining.

EKU fouled on the next inbounds play, but Tech's Cat Taylor missed both free throw attempts. Michaela Hunter was fouled on EKU's next possession and sank both free throws to make it 74-73 with four seconds on the clock.

Hunter then stole the TTU inbounds attempt under the basket, was fouled while shooting and hit one of two free throws to tie the game with two seconds left.

When the Golden Eagles inbounded the ball, however, senior Marie Carpenter was whistled for a foul on Goolsby, who sealed Tech's victory.

Sophomore Miranda Maples led five Lady Colonels in double figures with 19 points.

Union 86, Virginia Intermont 75: Five Bulldogs scored in double figures as Union finished strong to advance to the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal round with a win over Virginia Intermont.

Perkins posted a double-double to lead Union, scoring 22 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds.

Union (22-8 overall) will play again on Friday at 8 p.m.

Cumberlands 61, Georgetown 60: Cumberlands led 37-23 at halftime and held on to edge Georgetown. Brooke Forsythe scored 19 points for the winners. Jessica Foster and Teonia McCune scored 12 each for the Tigers.

Campbellsville 75, Pikeville 59: Campbellsville outlasted Pikeville down the stretch and withstood a late 12-1 run from the Bears to win the Mid-South Conference regular season title. Ellen Sholtes led Cumberlands with 19 points and six assists, while Brogan Conley led UPike with 19 points on 5-for-6 from behind the three-point line.

Kentucky Wesleyan, 77, Ursuline 75: Karly Rhodes hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to lift Kentucky Wesleyan over visiting Ursuline. Shelbi Tyra led all scorers with 25 points for the victors, while fellow guard Rhodes finished with 16.

Tennessee State 71, Morehead State 66: Tennessee State used a 17-4 second-half run to rally past host Morehead State.

MSU junior guard Almesha Jones scored a game-best 25 points, her seventh 20-plus game this year. She also handed out a game-high six assists. Morehead State was outrebounded 38-29.

Southern Indiana 58, Bellarmine 71: Bellarmine couldn't shake off a slow start in its regular-season finale on the road in Evansville, Ind. Sophomore forward Sarah Galvin led the way with 15 points and three steals in the loss.

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