Penn State Knocks Off No. 13 Ohio State
NEW YORK (AP) — With seventh-seeded Penn State trailing by a point and the clock ticking off the final 10 seconds, almost everyone in Madison Square Garden was waiting for Big Ten Conference leading scorer Tony Carr to launch a game-winning shot attempt against second-seeded Ohio State.
It was a no-brainer, until Carr decided otherwise.
Carr found Josh Reaves for a game-winning dunk with 3.1 seconds to play and Penn State may have punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 69-68 victory over Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Friday night.
It was a great ending in more ways than one. The Nittany Lions (22-12) scored the final five points in beating the 13th-ranked Buckeyes for the third time this season and advancing to Saturday’s semifinal against third-seeded and No. 8 Purdue.
The game-winning play was set up when Shep Garner made a crucial steal from conference player of the year Keita Bates-Diop with 21 seconds to play.
Penn State elected not to call a timeout and coach Patrick Chambers called out a play.
No. 2 Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60
NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Ten Tournament didn’t get off to a great start for Tom Izzo and No. 2 Michigan State.
The ride to New York was delayed Thursday because the plane had to be de-iced. The top-seeded Spartans followed suit with a so-so start against Wisconsin, and they struggled most of the game.
The positive: Michigan State found a way to win its 13th straight game and advance to the conference semifinals.
Miles Bridges led the Spartans (29-3) with 20 points and Winston finished with 17 in advancing to the semifinals Saturday against the winner between No. 15 Michigan and Nebraska.
No. 8 Purdue 82, Rutgers 75
NEW YORK (AP) — Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards each scored 26 points and No. 8 Purdue fought back another upset bid by Rutgers, beating the Scarlet Knights to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
No. 15 Michigan 77, Nebraska 58
NEW YORK (AP) — Abdur-Rahkman scored 21 points and Moe Wagner had 20 as fifth-seeded Michigan (26-7) dealt a significant blow to Nebraska’s NCAA hopes.
Michigan and Michigan State’s only other meeting in the Big Ten Tournament came in the 2014 championship game at Indianapolis. The Spartans won 69-55.
Davidson 63, No. 17 Rhode Island 61
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — Rhode Island gambled, and Davidson point guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson made the 17th-ranked Rams pay for it.
When Rhode Island’s Jared Terrell went for a steal near midcourt on an inbounds play, Gudmundsson took advantage of the sudden 5-on-4 situation, scoring on a driving layup on the right side of the rim while drawing a foul with 3.1 seconds left to lift the Wildcats to a upset win.