Ohio State and Penn State battled until the final buzzer in the Big Ten Tournament, but the Nittany Lions pulled out the 69-68 win thanks to a last-second basket.
Tony Carr dished it to Josh Reaves with five seconds left, and Reaves made the easy wide-open dunk to send Ohio State home after only one Big Ten Tournament game.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 3, 2018
Ohio State vs. Penn State was the Tony Carr vs. Keita Bates-Diop show. Each team was paced by its star, as Bates-Diop hit step-back threes and drove to the basket constantly. Carr did the same. Just look at the box score. Each star led his team in points by a giant margin.
The game featured 11 ties and 7 lead changes. Penn State seemed to be pulling away early in the second half, as the Nittany Lions went up by 8 points with 14 minutes left on a Shep Garner layup. But Ohio State made it close before pulling ahead on back-to-back buckets by Keita Bates-Diop with five minutes remaining, and clung to that lead.
This was the third game between the two teams this season, and Penn State has won all three. The Lions won on a Tony Carr buzzer-beater in January and blowing the Buckeyes out in February. This game was a lot more like the former than the latter, and the fans at Madison Square Garden benefited.