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Signs of Life in OSU Basketball
By John Porentas

An Ohio State basketball program that a lot of people left for dead not so long ago is starting to show signs of life. 

The latest glimmer of hope is a 71-70 road win at Penn State (14-16, 7-10) thanks to a basket by Jae'Sean Tate with just three seconds on the game clock for the winning points. 

The Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10) got that play after Penn State's Tony Carr made a three point field goal that looked like it would be the game-winner. Carr's three erased a 70-68 OSU lead to put the Nittany Lions up by one. With less than 10 seconds remaining in the game OSU inbounded to Jae'Quan Lyle who got the ball to Tate near mid-court. Tate drove the left side of the lane and banked home a difficult left-handed layup to put OSU up by one. A desperation heave by Penn State as the clock expired was well off the mark and the Buckeyes claimed a victory, their second-consecutive in Big Ten play. 

The late-game theatrics came on the heels of an impressive rally by the Buckeyes earlier in second half. OSU dominated play in the first half and led by four at 40-36 at the intermission. That lead evaporated quickly when Penn State started the second half with a 14-4 run to take a nine point lead at 53-44.  

Tate's game winning basket was certainly the most dramatic play of the game, but OSU's finest hour may have been what they did after falling behind by nine on the road. The Buckeyes weathered the storm and slowly chipped away at the Penn State lead with solid defense and clutch scoring. They finally pulled even again at 60-60 when Loving made a pair of free throws with just over 7 minutes remaining in the game. OSU retook the lead on their next possession with Andre Wesson drilled a three to put OSU up 63-60.

The Buckeyes led the rest of way until Carr's dramatic three put Penn State up and set up Tate's dramatic winning shot. 

Four Buckeyes scored in double figures with Lyle leading the way with 17.  Loving contributed 14, Tate 12 and Trevor Thompson 11. Tate also had a team-high nine rebounds.

Turnovers plagued the Buckeyes during the game. They finished with 17 turnovers, 10 of them two players. Tate had six and Loving four. 

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