The Buckeyes hit their first four shots, including two threes, to jump to a 10-2 early lead, and rode some strong early shooting and their typical stringy defense to a first half lead.
Penn State also shot out of the gate early, shooting 50% from the floor over the first nine minutes of the game, but six Nittany Lion turnovers prevented them from ever gaining the lead.
Aaron Craft picked up his second foul at 10:45 left in the first half and took an early seat on the bench, which helped slow the early momentum of the offense
A 10-3 Penn State run pulled them within four, 25-21 with 5:08 left, before a Ross bucket after at timeout helped slow the momentum, until Penn State climbed within two with under two minutes left.
Sam Thompson led the Buckeyes with six points on a pair of three pointers, but Ohio State enjoyed balanced scoring from several players. LaQuinton Ross added five, and Shannon Scott added three points, two boards, a steal, a block, and three assists.
Tim Frazier led all scorers with nine points, and DJ Newbill added six.