The Penn State Nittany Lions fell to 2-7 in the Big Ten on Wednesday night, falling 78-54 to the Ohio State Buckeyes. PSU went on the road to Columbus as heavy underdogs against the No. 3-ranked team in the country. The Buckeyes gave them little chance to even approach upset-mode, as OSU jumped out to a 38-18 halftime lead on a string of easy buckets down low. National Player of the Year candidate Jared Sullinger had another double-double, finishing with a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds. The Buckeyes finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor, as they took the twenty-point halftime lead and cruised in the second.
Tim Frazier led Penn State with 16 points, but had an off-night and was just six of 17 from the floor. Jermaine Marshall and Cammeron Woodyard were the only other Nittany Lions in double figures but they were also off from the floor leading to just a 31 percent shooting mark as a team. The struggles from the floor were a recipe for a blowout against such a highly-ranked opponent, and OSU took advantage.
It doesn't get a whole lot easier for PSU, as they host No. 25 Wisconsin next Tuesday.