East Regional Final: (2) Ohio State 77 – (1) Syracuse 70

03/24/2012

BOSTON, MA – For the first time in five years, Ohio State is headed to the Final Four. The Buckeyes won the East Regional with a hard-fought 77-70 win over top-seeded Syracuse on Saturday night.

Jared Sullinger scored 19 points to lead a balanced Ohio State attack. Deshaun Thomas and William Bufford each played all forty minutes for the Buckeyes, combining to score 27 points and pull down 18 rebounds.

Brandon Triche led Syracuse with 15 points.

The Buckeyes will play the winner of Sunday’s Kansas-North Carolina game next Saturday in New Orleans.

Kevin Kugler and Pete Gillen called the action on the Westwood One Radio Network.

(Aaron Craft’s layup makes it 18-15 Buckeyes)

(C.J. Fair slams it home to put Syracuse up 25-24)

(Deshaun Thomas puts it back to put OSU up 41-33)

(Lenzelle Smith’s three makes it 55-52 Buckeyes)

(Smith hits to put Ohio State up 62-55)

(Syracuse’s Dion Waiters cuts it to 70-67 late)

(Ohio State is headed back to the Final Four)

(Thad Matta’s postgame interview)

(Lenzelle Smith’s postgame interview)

(Postgame recap from Kevin Kugler and Pete Gillen)

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