Ohio State basketball ends their losing streak with solid win

The Ohio State basketball team was up by as much as 23 points as they were able to stop their skid by beating Penn State.
Jan 20, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) dribbles the ball
Jan 20, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) dribbles the ball / Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State basketball team came into Saturday afternoon having lost three straight games. They were 2-4 in the Big Ten as well and needed a win badly against Penn State. In fact, they had already blown an 18-point lead at Penn State earlier in the year.

Ohio State started out Saturday's game against Penn State with a 16-0 run. It looked like they were going to run away with the game, especially when it was 31-19 at halftime. But yet again, Ohio State's lead started to slip. Penn State cut it back to single-digits late in the game.

Thankfully, Ohio State's lead was too much. They ended up holding on to win the game 79-67. It was a game that the Buckeyes should have won by a lot more. But a win is a win, especially when you're talking about the Ohio State basketball team in the month of January.

Zed Key had a good game off the bench, finishing with 10 points. The leading scorer for the Buckeyes was Evan Mahaffey though, finishing the game with a career-high 16 points against his former team. He also added 5 rebounds and was a steadying presence in this game.

It's good that the Buckeyes were able to end their three-game losing streak. it would be nice to see them be able to win a game on the road though. They still haven't won a game on the road in over a year. They will get a shot to do that next week against Nebraska in a game on Peacock.

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I'm hoping they can use this game to propel them into a winning streak in the Big Ten. Because of their slide, they are firmly on the bubble in most bracket projections. They need to string together some wins to make sure they are firmly in the field.