DAYTON, OH – Aaron Craft hit a three pointer with half a second left to help second-seeded Ohio State overcome a furious rally by the 10th-seeded Iowa State Cyclones 78-85 and send the Buckeyes into the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. Ohio State was paced by Deshaun Thomas with 22 points and five rebounds, while Craft made up for some poor free throw shooting and turnovers down the stretch with his last-second dagger to get the win.
Iowa State hung with the Buckeyes in the first half, and despite falling behind by as much as 13 in the second half, used 51% three point shooting to climb back and even take the lead with about three minutes left. Ohio State leaves the turbulent West Regional as the only top-five team left in the bracket and they’ll face sixth-seeded Arizona on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Gary Cohen and Pete Gillen called the action on Westwood One Sports.
(Will Clyburn layup ties the game early)
(Korie Lucious three ties it again for Iowa State at 29)
(Ohio State’s Sam Thompson three makes it 46-41)
(Melvin Ejim put-back slam brings Cyclones within one)
(LaQuinton Ross three puts OSU up by 12)
(Tyrus McGee three makes it a 10-0 run for Iowa State)
(Aaron Craft layup ties the game at 73)
(Craft three-pointer with .2 seconds left puts Buckeyes up by three)
(Final call as OSU advances to the Sweet 16)
(Postgame interview with Ohio State’s Aaron Craft)
(Postgame interview with Ohio State’s DeShaun Thomas)
(Dayton wrap-up with Gary Cohen and Pete Gillen)
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