|By Brandon Beam|
It was an up and down night for the No. 13 ranked team in the country at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday night. Penn State came out firing with an all world performance from beyond the arch by going 11-14 from deep, and it was enough to stave off a late charge from the Buckeyes.
The Nittany Lions started out by hitting their first four three-pointers of the evening which really set the tone for the game. Penn State opened up their lead to 12 in the first half before the Buckeyes climbed back in to the game by trailing only by one point at the halfway mark.
The Buckeyes took the lead for the first time in the game early in the second half, but Penn State’s hot shooting was not to be stopped.
Trailing by 9 points with 2:50 left to go in the game, Ohio State attempted and succeeded in pulling themselves all the way back in the game. Keita Bates-Diop (25 points) made two 3’s in the closing minutes to tie the game at 79 with five seconds left to go.
A marvelous effort from Penn State’s standout Sophomore Tony Carr (28 points, 10-14) saw an opportunity to get the ball on the ensuing inbound, run to half court and heave up a prayer. His prayer was answered as Carr’s shot fell at the Buzzer to defeat the Buckeyes in walk-off fashion 82-79.
The Buckeyes (9-1 in the B1G) take on Indiana on Tuesday, Jan. 30.