Ron Lewis scored 17 points and the No. 7 Buckeyes, who missed 11 of their first 13 shots, needed a flurry of 3-point baskets in the second half to rally past the Nittany Lions 63-56 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.
Ohio State, the tourney's top seed, found out shortly before the game about the penalties, going to be anything in the NCAA tournament against us.”
Lewis said the players didn't focus on the penalties for violations that occurred under former coach Jim O'Brien before any of the current players were on the team.
“We really wanted just to keep playing hard and keep playing as a team,” he said. “We knew everything was going to play out how it played out, but we weren't going to slack because of some rule that somehow went against us.”