Men's Basketball: Final four minutes doom Wildcats in Big Ten Tournament loss

  • Men's Basketball: Final four minutes doom Wildcats in Big Ten Tournament loss

Men's Basketball: Final four minutes doom Wildcats in Big Ten Tournament loss

Without the leading 'Cats scorer, Carr and the Nittany Lions, up 55-54 at this point, immediately took advantage by nailing two threes for a seven-point advantage. "And I just felt like if I called timeout, they could set up a different defense or make substitutions". The Nittany Lions pulled out a huge victory Friday night over Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament. Purdue led by as many as 11 in the second half, but Penn State came charging back to tie the game at 56 and it was back and forth until the end. The unassuming Buckeyes would push the lead to 20 early in the second half and finish the game with an impressive 80-64 victory.

Garner planned on letting his teammates know about his defensive play.

"I was just out there dribbling around", Carr said. The seventh-seeded Nitanny Lions will now face the victor of the third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers and the 14th-seeded Rutgers Scarlet Knights for the chance to advance to the Big Ten championship game and possibly secure their spot in the tournament. He hit four 3-pointers to score 12 points in the win over Northwestern on Thursday night and followed that up with three 3-pointers and 13 points against the Buckeyes on Friday night. A loss for the Nittany Lions likely sends them packing and bounces them from the NCAA Tournament picture, while a win gets them within a game of clinching an automatic berth to the Big Dance.

The team arrived to the arena 10 minutes later than expected for its game against No. 13 Ohio State due to traffic en route to the arena and the fender bender, a Penn State spokesman told the AP. "He put people on ice". "And Tony just shows how much of a great player he is to find an open man in a time like that".

And this win is exactly what Penn State had to have. In high school, Carr said Garner never dove for loose balls or took charges.

Nittany Lions senior Shep Garner said because of the delay he didn't get on the court to start warming up until less than an hour before tipoff against the Buckeyes. "But the habits - I didn't have the habits yet". That's our goal, try to get better.

Purdue and Penn State met once during the regular season and Purdue won the game, 76-73 at home.

Nittany Lions forward Julian Moore agreed. The victor of this game will face the victor of No. 1-seeded Michigan State and No. 5-seeded Michigan for the final at 4:30 p.m. on March 4. Bates-Diop finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, but it was his turnover that set Penn State up for the game-winning bucket. "So if I let him do what he wanted, have his way, he was going to shoot over me, so I had to get up under him a little bit, make him a little bit uncomfortable".

That semifinal game will be the second Big Ten Tournament semifinal game tomorrow afternoon. The Penn State guard said Bates-Diop's tendency to go left was in the coaches' scouting report, so he looked to force the Buckeye to spin back to his right.