Men's Basketball

Third Time’s the Harm – Penn State Tops OSU in B1G Tourney 69-68

Ohio State Basketball Andrew Dakich


Robert Stack and his trademark tan trenchcoat would be needed to detail Penn State’s mysterious mastery over Ohio State, as for the third time this season, the Buckeyes (24-8, 15-3) fell to the Nittany Lions (21-12, 9-9). This time the score read 69-68 Penn State.

Trailing 68-67 with under five seconds to play, PSU guard Tony Carr drove and found an open Josh Reaves underneath the basket for a dunk with 3.1 seconds remaining. Carr then blocked OSU’s C.J. Jackson on his final desperation three-point attempt.

Carr and Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop both scored a game-high 25 points.

Penn State outrebounded the Buckeyes 39-33 despite being without their top rebounder.

OSU forward Jae’Sean Tate played just 19 minutes due to foul trouble, scoring 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds.

Ohio State got things started by scoring the first four points of the game, but as they have done in the previous two matchups between these teams, Penn State would then go on a 12-0 run to take a 12-4 lead. The Buckeyes then answered with an 11-0 run to take a 15-12 lead.

A three-pointer from Kam Williams gave OSU an 18-15 lead. The Buckeyes held the lead for the next 4:45 until two free throws from Penn State’s Lamar Stevens tied the game at 28-28 with 4:01 remaining in the first half.

Tony Carr gave Penn State a 33-30 lead, but two free throws from Keita Bates-Diop cut the Nittany Lion lead to 33-32 at the half.

A three-point play from Jae’Sean Tate to open the second half recaptured the lead for the Buckeyes, but it was short-lived as the Nittany Lions answered with a 7-0 run to take a 5-point lead.

Penn State built the lead to eight points at 45-37 with 14:23 to play on a Shep Garner layup. Bates-Diop cut it with a three-point play on the next possession, and a couple of possessions later, his dunk made it 46-44 PSU with 11:53 remaining.

Kam Williams tied the game with a layup, but a three by Garner gave Penn State a three-point lead. That lead went away on the next possession thanks to a three-pointer from Bates-Diop with 10:46 to play.

The Nittany Lions opened it back up to six points, but OSU tied it back up at 57-57 on the strength of Bates-Diop’s five-straight points. Williams pulled up for a three to give the Buckeyes a three-point lead on the next possession. Carr answered with a three of his own to make it 60-60 with 4:44 remaining.

Ohio State opened it to four points at 66-62 on a jumper by Bates-Diop. Penn State scored a two on their next possession, which was again answered by a jumper from Bates-Diop. Ohio State led 68-64 with 1:49 to play, but would never score again.

Leading 68-67 with 17 seconds to play and with the ball, Bates-Diop turned the ball over, which led to Penn State’s game-winning dunk.

Up next for the Buckeyes is a two-week break before the NCAA Tournament. Their next opponent will be announced a week from Sunday.

[Andrew Dakich photo courtesy]


17 Responses

  1. A pathetic ending, although as usual I have a different take? What was Dackich thinking trying to pass the ball into a triple teamed player? I’m sorry folks but look at the video. Bates-Diop didn’t turn the ball over, He never got control. part of that was Dakcih passing into a triple teamed player, part of that was the refs not calling the foul. But this is definitely not Bates-Diop’s turnover. Number 24 is standing wide open on the 3 point line calling for the ball and Dakich goes to Bates-Diop with players within 5 feet of him.

    When I see this team, the weakness are, no point guard who can control the play and get to the rim, and lack of consistent 3 point shooting on open looks, and no defence specialist to slow down guys like Carr. Dakich was completely overmatched As for Bates-Diop turning the ball over, it didn’t happen. Watch the tape, he never got control, and you can’t give away what you never got.

  2. If we’ve learned one thing this year, it’s that we can’t count on the refs to have a good game. So inconsistent. I just wonder what the officiating will be like in the NCAA tournament?

  3. Maybe in the offseason Coach Holtmann can send his players over to the women to learn how to shoot the damn basketball.

  4. Maybe now we can understand a bit how Michigan feels when they play us in football. Like it or not, Tony Carr is a tough, clutch, very good basketball player. The game was nip-and-tuck and came down to which team made the most plays. Penn State obviously made one more than the Buckeyes.
    As for Wee’s comment about “sorry coaching job,” baloney. Holtmann and the Buckeyes far exceeded any expectations we had of them. And they might yet have a few more days of glory in the Big Dance, which OSU hadn’t even seen in recent years.
    At the very least, Holtmann & Co. are laying a solid foundation for stellar Buckeye basketball play for years to come. GO BUCKS!

    1. Of that’s the best play coach can come up with, he might build a decent program, but I know not to expect too much.

    2. We definitely should have won that game last night with their big guy out but we just don’t have anybody that can stop Carr. He is very good and will do well in the NBA but hose unplanned bank shots are just salt in the wounds/. We should have put KBD on him and we should have gone to the small lineup sooner. With all those mental errors in the last two minutes . . .including a couple by the refs, it was just not meant to be. It still has been an absolutely marvelous season and the complainers are way off base.

      1. Everyone acknowledges that this has been a year that has exceeded expectations by a lot. It’s still inexcusable to lose to a team like PSU. Not just once……..we could handle that, BUT, to lose to them 3 times in a single season and with their big man on the bench? Sorry but that’s pathetic.

        1. I agree. Unexpected season from a win-loss perspective which is nice, but I hate to see teams falter down the stretch. Teams should be peaking this time of year (scUM…ugh) and the Bucks are clearly not. For that reason, this has been a disappointment…they filled us with hope and then let us down when it really mattered. I hope we can win one in the NCAA, but I’m not counting on it.

  5. Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. OSU seemed to take control the last 5, PSU hits a lucky three, OSU can’t hold on to the ball, the refs seemed to miss some calls and a total D breakdown the last 10 seconds o fthe game. Who would of thought that PSU would of been the thorn in OSU’s side.

  6. Looks like the almost weeks rest didn’t help

  7. Sorry had coaching job. Not worth millions of dollars. Should donate 90% of salary to charity.

    1. Wee, “pathetic” doesn’t even begin to explain your attitude here. If anyone had asked you, “If the Bucks enter the BTT with a 24-8 record, #2 seed and ranked top 20 nationally, would you take that?”, you’d have taken it without a thought. Get some perspective but, most of all, get a life. Same with the rest of you whiners here.

  8. Two obvious misses were the travelling by #33 after Bates-Diop lost the ball and the travel that was called on Kam Williams as he faked a three and drove for the scored getting fouled. UGH.

  9. So who do the Buckeyes draw in the toury? Maybe they can get another Dayton like opponent to end their misery quickly.

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