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NCAA tournament recap: Dayton stuns Aaron Craft and Ohio State

The Flyers take a thrilling victory over the Buckeyes in the round of 64
The Flyers take a thrilling victory over the Buckeyes in the round of 64
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The NCAA tournament commenced with a bang on Thursday afternoon. For those expecting higher seeds to go down on the first full day of the tournament, didn’t have to wait long. In the best game of the day so far, No. 11 Dayton knocked off No. 5 Ohio State 60-59 in thrilling fashion.

Dayton celebrates victory over Ohio State
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The final 2:35 of the game was as intense as any contest this season. With Dayton up by one, the Flyers forced a turnover that resulted in an intentional foul by Aaron Craft. Jordan Sibert made both foul shots, yet Ohio State forced a held ball turnover 19 seconds later.

On the ensuing possession, Aaron Craft drove the lane and scored on an acrobatic finish. The senior, hoping it wasn’t his final game, got fouled and hit the and one.

After Dayton’s Devin Oliver missed two foul shots, Ohio State scored on a nice floater by Sam Thompson to take a two point lead.

Then the Flyers caught a huge break when Shannon Scott fouled Dyshawn Pierre on a three point attempts. Pierre calmly sank all three of his foul shots to regain a one point lead.

However, Craft was not ready to say goodnight to his Buckeye career. With 20.9 seconds left in the game, Ohio State set up a play, and Craft hit a tough layup to snatch the lead. The Buckeyes were one defensive play away, but they weren’t able to make a stop. Vee Sanford got the ball a the top of the key and stared down the Ohio State defense.

Sanford drove right and rose up for a one handed floater off the glass with 3.9 seconds left. Craft had a last ditch effort, but his shot clanked off the rim as time expired. Dayton moved on with the 60-59 victory over their instate nemesis.

Harvard 61- Cincinnati 57

The Harvard Crimson outplayed Cincinnati for the majority of their second round game. The Bearcats last lead came early in the game at 6-5. Every time Harvard was threatened with a one possession game, somebody made a big play. They had five players with at least nine points, and Wesley Saunders led the Crimson with 12 points.

Wisconsin 75- American 35

The Badgers started fast then had a sluggish offensive time once American got their system running. After jumping out to a 8-2 lead, Wisconsin’s cold shooting helped American take a 17-10 lead with 9:48 left in the first half. From there, Wisconsin went on a 65 to18 run to end the game.

Pittsburgh 77- Colorado 48

Pittsburgh started the game on a 13-0 run and never looked back. The Panther will face Florida in the third round.

Florida 67- Albany 55

The Gators took Albany’s best effort and outscored the Great Danes by 12 once the scored was tied at 39 in the second half.

Oregon 87- BYU 68

Oregon jumped out to an eight point halftime lead. BYU came fighting back in the second half until Oregon went on a decisive run to finish of the Cougars. Elgin Cook scored 23 points off the bench for the Ducks.

Michigan State 93 - Delaware 78

Adreian Payne scored 41 points in the 15 point Spartan victory. Branden Dawson and Gary Harris each scored 10 points apiece.

Syracuse 77- Western Michigan 53

Syracuse jumped out to a 19 point halftime lead. Trevor Cooney led four players in double figure scoring with 18.

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