Buoyed by the surprise return of a key player, Penn State was plenty loose as it closed out pregame warm-ups with a number of half-court three-point attempts.

Headed into the locker room for the final time, the Nittany Lions made three in a row, including a final one from the recently reinstated Josh Reaves.

Roughly two hours later, they celebrated from a similar spot after Tony Carr’s banked-in, 40-foot three-pointer as time expired answered Keita Bates-Diop’s tying three-pointer with five seconds remaining to give Penn State an 82-79 upset of No. 13 Ohio State on Thursday night.

It capped a duel between the Big Ten’s leading scorers, negated an 11-0 Buckeyes run in the final three minutes and snapped Ohio State’s eight-game winning streak.

Carr finished with 28 points for the Nittany Lions (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten), three more than Bates-Diop on a night when the junior forward’s status was in doubt after a mostly sleepless night because of a stomach flu.

“We were not, certainly defensively, where we needed to be,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “Carr, we had no answer for him the whole night. I thought he controlled the whole game.”

Penn State made its first five three-pointers of the night and built an 18-6 lead, and Ohio State (18-5, 9-1) trailed by 13 points with 7:58 to play before Jae’Sean Tate and Bates-Diop powered a late run.

Bates-Diop made consecutive threes roughly a minute apart to make it a 77-74 deficit, and after Kaleb Wesson blocked Reaves’ jumper and Lamar Stevens missed the putback, Ohio State called timeout with 29.3 seconds left and drew a play for a three-pointer.

Instead, Tate found himself open down low and scored a contested layup with 20 seconds to play.

Carr was fouled to stop the clock and hit both free throws with 14.3 seconds left, and Ohio State ran a play that had Bates-Diop as one of several options. He took the handoff from Tate, dribbled to his right and made a 30-foot three-pointer with five seconds left that sent the crowd of 13,464 into a frenzy.

But Carr would get the last chance, and after crossing halfcourt he banked in a 40-footer that was contested — but not too heavily — by three Buckeyes. It made the Nittany Lions 11 of 14 (78.6 percent) from three-point range and 28 of 48 (58.3 percent) from the field, the best- and second-best shooting marks for an Ohio State opponent this season, respectively.

“They hit some tough shots, obviously,” Bates-Diop said. “We probably should’ve provided a little more help for each other in the gaps, but give credit to them. They hit some tough shots down the stretch.”

Reaves was driven to campus by a staffer who stayed behind, coach Pat Chambers said, because he had faith the Nittany Lions would get some good news regarding his academic situation after having missed the last four games. He provided an emotional boost that carried over to the game.

“We’ve got to be more assertive when we start out the games,” Tate said. “We didn’t lose on that last shot.”



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