After sweeping the regular-season series, the Nittany Lions said, the chance to play a knockout game in the Big Ten tournament rendered the first two meetings irrelevant.
After holding a four-point lead with 1:49 to play at Madison Square Garden, the Buckeyes gave up five unanswered points and lost 69-68 in a quarterfinal on a dunk from Josh Reaves with 3.1 seconds to play.
His jumper with 2:37 left gave Ohio State a 66-62 lead, and his layup 48 seconds later answered a Julian Moore dunk to push the lead back to four points.
After Bates-Diop was called for a touch foul on a driving Carr, who made one of two free throws with 1:33 to play, Penn State’s defense stiffened and forced Bates-Diop into a deep, contested three-pointer from straight-on that didn’t fall.
He hit both free throws to make it a one-point game, and Ohio State called timeout with 41.5 to play and a 16.5 second shot-clock differential.