Mar 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Sam Thompson (12) shoots against Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) during the first half of the semifinals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

March Madness 2013: Ohio State Holds On To Beat Arizona


2013 NCAA Tournament

Final: Ohio State –  Arizona State –

The Ohio State Buckeyes almost squandered away their ticket to The Elite Eight.  After a slow start that had them trailing 8-2 a few minutes into the game, Ohio State battled back to trail by only a few points at the half.

As the second half got under way, the Buckeyes asserted themselves offensively and finally tied the game at 28 with 18:14 left in the game. Aaron Craft helped Ohio State take the lead with four free throws, and the entire starting lineup started to contribute.

With 11:04 left to play, a Deshaun Thomas three pointer gave Ohio State a 53-43 lead. Then the Arizona Wildcats came roaring back. With just 1:18 left in the game, the Wildcats trailed 70-65. Mark Lyons scored five unanswered points for Arizona, and with 21 seconds remaining the game was tied.

As they often do, Ohio State set their offense, and LaQuinton Ross nailed a three pointer to give the Buckeyes a 73-70 win. Ohio State now awaits the winner of tonight’s La Salle/Wichita State game in the Elite Eight.

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