Columbus, Ohio -- Freshman Darius Quiseberry led the Penguins in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 75-56 decision to No. 15 Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Value City Arena at The Schottenstein Center.
Youngstown State closes out non-league play with a 4-9 record while the Buckyes improve to 10-1.
Leading Ohio State was Kaleb Wesson with 31 points and 13 rebounds. C.J. Jackson and Luther Mohammed each had 11 points.
The Penguins, who led for 20:32, started quickly and scored the first nine points of the game on a jumper by Quisenberry, a jumper and a 3-pointer by Bohannon and a jumper by Covington. The Penguins pushed their lead to 12 points, 14-2, after a Buckeye basket and a jumper Quisenberry and a 3-pointer by Simmons at the 13:52 mark of the first half.
Ohio State went on an 11-2 run to get within three, 16-13, at the 8:49 mark.
YSU's lead hovered between three and six points the rest of the half and the Penguins led 25-19 after a jumper by Quiseberry with 43 seconds left.
The Buckeyes made their first 3-pointer of the game - after missing their first 10 - with nine seconds left to trail the Penguins, 25-22, at halftime.
In the second half, the Penguins had no answer for Wesson, who scored 26 of his 31 points after halftime. Ohio State took its first lead of the game, 29-27, on basket by Wesson and outscored YSU 9-2 to 12-2 to start the second half to take a 34-27 lead.
A free throw by Quisenberry and 3-pointer by Bohannon cut the Buckeyes lead to 34-31 at the 14:48 mark, but OSU nine of the next 10 points to push its lead to 11, 43-32, with 12:38 remaining.
Bohannon made his third 3-pointer of the night to trim the deficit to eight, 43-35, but the Penguins would not get any closer.
Youngstown State opens Horizon League play against Detroit Mercy, Friday, Dec. 28. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.