NEW YORK (AP) Tony Carr scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers and set up another in the final minutes as Penn State made a late rush to hold off Northwestern 65-57 in the second round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the seventh-seeded Nittany Lions (20-12) and set up a quarterfinal game on Friday against No. 13 and second-seeded Ohio State at Madison Square Garden.
Carr hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:06 to play to give Penn State a 55-54 lead and ignite a game-closing 13-2 run. He later set up a 3-pointer by Josh Reaves that expanded the lead to 58-54 with 3:03 to go and he followed with his sixth 3-pointer a minute later for a seven-point lead.
Reaves finished with 15 points and Shep Garner had 12.
Dererk Pardon has 14 points and eight rebounds for Northwestern (15-17), which finished its season on a seven-game losing streak. It was a major disappointment for the Wildcats who went to the NCAA Tournament for the first time last season and had high hopes coming into this season.
Scottie Lindsey added 12 points for Northwestern before fouling out with 3:15 to play on an offensive foul.
Neither team led by more than four points in the final 15 minutes until Penn State took control late.
Bryant McIntosh gave Northwestern its last lead at 54-52 with 4:33 to go with an off-balance jumper from the left baseline.
Carr, who scored 15 points in the first half and was blanked for the opening 13 minutes of the second half, then gave Penn State the lead with one of his high-arcing shots.
The first half ended in a 30-all tie but the most interesting play was a flagrant foul called against Lindsey with 4:47 left in the half and Northwestern ahead 25-19. Carr seemingly had a shot blocked on the offensive end and Lindsey had his shot blocked on the other end.
Carr then came to the bench with his mouth bleeding. The officials reviewed the videotape of his blocked shot and assessed the flagrant.