STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Jamar Butler's sweet shooting and Penn State's second-half cold spell helped Ohio State win on the road.
Butler scored 20 points and the Nittany Lions went 10-plus minutes of the second half without a bucket in the Buckeyes' 68-56 victory on Tuesday night.
Seven-foot freshman center Kosta Koufas added 10 points as Ohio State (15-6, 6-2 Big Ten) wore down pesky Penn State (10-10, 2-6) late and snapped its three-game road losing streak.
Koufas converted an offensive rebound before Butler hit a long jumper just before the shot clock expired to give the Buckeyes a 47-44 lead with about 11 minutes left.
After the Nittany Lions' Brandon Hassell had his shot blocked, Butler hit another tough shot -- a 3 from the wing with a defender's hand in his face -- to extend the lead to 52-44 with nine minutes left.
Meanwhile, Penn State couldn't hit a bucket for 10 minutes after Jamelle Cornley's layup with about 14 minutes left gave them a 44-40 lead. Penn State struggled for good shots during the stretch after finding success early against Ohio State's zone defense.
Battle and fellow guard Stanley Pringle formed a quick backcourt tandem that helped create shots early against the Buckeyes, who were ninth in the nation in field goal defense (37 percent).
But Butler, a senior point guard, was better, hitting 4 of 9 3-point attempts. He's a sharpshooter and veteran presence on a squad that relies heavily on youngsters like Koufas.
Ohio State has won 10 straight against Penn State, with the last loss on Jan. 10, 2004.