On the game’s final possessions, Tony Carr’s rainbow 3-pointer brought the Penn State fans to their feet.
Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate left them stunned Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
After Carr’s 3-pointer with 11 seconds left, Tate drove the lane and finished with a layup to lift Ohio State to a 71-70 win and hand the Nittany Lions their fourth straight loss.
“Tate made a tough shot,” Penn State guard Shep Garner said. “He’s known for making those tough shots.”
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Carr led Penn State (14-16, 6-11 Big Ten) with 21 points, Shep Garner added 20 and Lamar Stevens finished with 16.
JaQuan Lyle paced Ohio State with 17 points, Marc Loving had 14 and Tate finished with 12.
Penn State trailed for the previous six-plus minutes before Carr’s 3-pointer gave the Nittany Lions the lead with 11 seconds left. The Nittany Lions took a timeout with 25.8 seconds left, and Carr went to the post before hitting from beyond the arc.
“I just trust in my instincts,” Carr said. “... I don’t try to put any extra pressure on myself.”
The Nittany Lions played without Payton Banks, who was out due to illness. Mike Watkins — who Garner said was playing through cramps — went to the bench for stretches, including late in the second half.
Isaiah Washington played a season-high 22 minutes and scored more points (5) against the Buckeyes than he did combined in 13 games (4) during the rest of the season.
The Nittany Lions held the lead until Loving knocked down a pair of free throws to tie it 60-60 with 7:06 left.
Ohio State took the lead, extended it to 65-60 and remained ahead going into the final minute before Carr’s go-ahead 3-pointer.
Garner helped keep Penn State in the game, knocking down five 3-pointers. His fifth 3-pointer came less than a minute after the Nittany Lions took their first lead of the night and pushed them ahead 46-41 with 17:45 left.
It was part of a 10-1 run to start the half.
Garner finished 7 for 18 from the field and 5 for 14 from 3-point range after going 6 for 28 in the previous five games combined.
“He looked like a different kid tonight,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.
Ohio State led for more than 18 minutes in the first half and took a 40-36 lead into the break. Garner had 11 points, going 4 for 10 from the field and 3 for 8 from beyond the arc, and Carr added 10 points in the first half.
Loving scored nine of his 11 first-half points in the opening minutes as the Buckeyes went ahead 15-10. Ohio State led by as many as eight in the first 20 minutes, but Penn State stayed within striking distance.