The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes entered Sunday’s Round of 32 action as the highest seed remaining in the West Region. With some late-game heroics and a 78-75 victory over Iowa State, they now face a fairly easy path to the Final Four.
Aaron Craft’s three-pointer sealed the victory with less than a second to play.
The Cyclones got out to a hot start in the contest with a 7-2 lead and appeared to be in position to stage an upset, as CBS Sports’ Jeff Borzello pointed out with this tweet:
Two Sam Thompson free throws gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game since the 19:17 mark (10-9), though, and Ohio State remained in control for the next five minutes of action.
With 8:12 remaining in the first half, a Will Clyburn layup contributed to a 9-1 Iowa State run to tie the score at 23-23, and a pair of Melvin Ejim free throws once again gave the Cyclones the lead at 25-23.
Rebounding was a big problem for the Buckeyes in the early going. Despite holding Iowa State to just…
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