7:47 PM ET, March 28, 2013
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: The Ohio State Buckeyes huddle before taking on the Arizona Wildcats during the West...(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 20 points, but it was reserve LaQuinton Ross who buried the winning 3-pointer with two seconds left. He scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.
X factor: The Buckeyes -- who made 36.6 percent of their 3-pointers for the season -- shot 53.8 percent from long distance on Thursday, including the game winner.
That was nail-biting. Arizona led by as many as 11 points in the first half and 38-34 at halftime. But the Wildcats didn't hit a shot for the first 5:20 of the second half -- and by then, Ohio State had built a six-point lead. Arizona kept competing, cutting its deficit to 60-57 on a Mark Lyons 3-pointer with 6:33 left, and then 70-67 on a layup by Lyons with 61 seconds left. Then with 21.8 seconds left, Lyons -- who else? -- tied it 70-70 with a three-point play before Ross' 3-point dagger.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-52 (.442)||22-52 (.423)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-18 (.333)||7-13 (.538)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-20 (.900)||22-26 (.846)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
|» Mar 28, 2013||@OSU 73, ARIZ 70||Recap|
Ohio State's defense stepped up late in possessions in its win against Arizona Thursday, limiting the Wildcats to 8-for-29 (27.6 percent) on shots that came after two or more passes, including 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) in the second half. Arizona was more efficient on offense when passing once or fewer, shooting 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) from the field.
Ohio State outscored Arizona 16-4 over the first 8:11 of the second half to take a 50-42 lead. All 16 of the Buckeyes' points during the run came either in the paint or from the free-throw line. Ohio State's 10 paint points during this stretch equaled its first-half total.[+]
First 8:11 of 2nd Half - Thursday
LaQuinton Ross joins Vander Blue, Tyrone Garland, and teammate Aaron Craft as the only players in the last two Men's Basketball Championships to make a potential game-tying or go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of a game. Players have made the last three such shot attempts, after making one of the previous 26 dating back to the 2011 tournament.[+]
Potential Game-Tying or Go-Ahead FGA, Last 10 Seconds
The game-winning 3-pointer by Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross was the first game-tying or go-ahead shot Ross has attempted in the final minute of any game in his career.
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