Penn State got off to a strong start, but Ohio State continued their recently improved play in jumping out to a first half lead. Amedeo Della Valle (6 points) and Amir Williams (7) surprisingly shouldered the load during the second half of the first though LaQuinton Ross, as per usual, got his to boot.
Though the Buckeyes trailed by as many as four at one juncture, the Bucks managed, as they're prone to, to use defense to create offense and were able to maintain their standing in this one. Brandon Taylor and D.J. Newbill alike put up a quick 8 (Taylor would finish the half with 11) for the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State was far removed from playing their best game, but the talent differential was apparent through the first. If the Buckeyes keep the turnovers down and continue their offensive efficiency, that four game losing streak may feel more like a distant memory sooner rather than later.