East Regional Semifinal: (2) Ohio St. 81 – (6) Cincinnati 66

03/23/2012

BOSTON, MA – Ohio State led early, watched Cincinnati rally, then finished off their homestate rivals with a late flurry to advance to the Elite Eight with a 81-66 on Thursday night.

Deshaun Thomas scored 26 to lead the Buckeyes. Jared Sullinger added 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Cashmere Wright led Cincinnati with 18 points in defeat.

2nd-seeded Ohio State advances to play top-seeded Syracuse Saturday in the East Regional Final.

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

(Deshaun Thomas’ three puts Ohio State up 13-7 early)

(Thomas’ three makes it 33-22 OSU)

(Jaquon Parker ties the game at 41 for Cincinnati)

(Cashmere Wright hits a three then Dion Dixon lays one in to put Cincinnati up 46-43)

(Aaron Craft puts OSU ahead 53-52 with a jumper)

(Craft’s three makes it 61-53 Buckeyes)

(Kevin Kugler and Pete Gillen wrap up all the action from Boston)

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