Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Penn State upsets No. 8 Buckeyes for a season sweep

Penn State upsets No. 8 Buckeyes for a season sweep

Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points with five 3-pointers, Linnae Harper had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 16 Ohio State bounced back for an 88-69 victory over IL on Tuesday night. All five starters for Penn State finished in double-digits, including the conference's second-leading scorer Tony Carr, who finished the game with 15 points as well as six rebounds and six assists.

The Nittany Lions led by as many as 30 points at one point as OSU had no answer for Carr. The last time Michigan State won 10 or more straight Big Ten regular-season games was in 1998-99, when the Spartans closed the regular season with 15 straight Big Ten wins.

With Michigan State's win over Purdue this past Saturday, Ohio State has moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings.

He'll need to be on his game as he likely will be guarding Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop, the favorite to win the Big Ten Player of the Year award. It's a brutal stretch on the schedule with back-to-back-to-back games against ranked opponents before finishing on the road against Nebraska, but with Penn State playing their best ball of the year it at least gives them a shot of chasing a potential NCAA Tournament bid, one that Penn State hasn't had since 2011. It will all kick off with a two-game road trip starting this Thursday, as Ohio State travels to University Park to take on Penn State.

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With the victory, Penn State now has two quality wins on their tournament resume, both courtesy of Ohio State. 13 Ohio State on the road on January 25.

Following the defensive stand, Elling drove in her second run of the game with an RBI single and the Nittany Lions cut the Hokies lead to one. "As far as the game, I just thought we played really good basketball as far as defending and rebounding". Also in double-figures for the Nittany Lions are Mike Watkins (12.9 PPG; 9.5 RPG), Josh Reaves (10.8 PPG) and Garner (10.2 PPG). Micah Potter was the top rebounder for Ohio State with six. The nine conference wins are the most for Chambers at Penn State and come at the earliest date since the 1995-96 season when the squad had 11 wins in 15 league games. Against Penn State, the All-American candidate was held to 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field, his third-lowest point total of the season.

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