7:15 PM ET, March 22, 2013
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio -- Sam Thompson reached back with his right hand, snared the slightly off-target pass and dunked it in one forceful motion, providing Ohio State with its grandest slam.And far from the only one.Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night, part of a dominating performance by Ohio State's high-flying front line, and the Buckeyes ran away to a 95-70 victory over Iona in the second round of the West Regional.
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MVP: Sam Thompson. The Buckeyes' lanky wing has been an inconsistent scoring option for Thad Matta for much of the season, but he was all over the court against Iona, scoring 20 points (most of which came on dunks) and grabbing 10 rebounds in Ohio State's cruise of a win.
X factor: The Buckeyes are always going to defend, and Deshaun Thomas is almost always going to score the ball efficiently (which he did Friday, with 24 points on 12 shots). But if Ohio State can get some secondary scoring -- whether from Aaron Craft or Lenzelle Smith or Thompson, as was the case Friday -- then it becomes a truly frightening outfit.
That was how you want a 2-seed to play: On a day when second-seeded Georgetown was run off the floor by No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast, the Buckeyes dominated throughout, save a brief stretch in the first half when Iona cut the lead to six. Much like Indiana, there was no doubt here, and for the would-be Cinderella, very little hope.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-65 (.354)||34-71 (.479)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-28 (.214)||7-15 (.467)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-21 (.857)||20-25 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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