Dayton takes out Buckeyes, 60-59
Ohio State belongs to Dayton.
The Flyers can lay claim to having bragging rights on their "big brothers" from down the road after Vee Sanford banked in a layup with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift 11th-seeded Dayton to a 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
Sanford finished with 10 points, while Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers (24-10) with 12 points in a matchup of Ohio schools separated by about 75 miles. Dayton advances to play the winner between third-seeded Syracuse and 14th-seeded Western Michigan in a South Region matchup on Saturday.
The Buckeyes (25-10) had one last chance to pull out the victory, but Aaron Craft's driving 10-footer hit off the backboard and rolled off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Craft remained on his back in disappointment as the Flyers rushed to celebrate at their bench at the other end of the court.
Sam Thompson scored 18 points and Craft added 16 for Ohio State, which was eliminated after one game for only the third time in its 26 tournament appearances.
Dayton improved to 4-6 all-time against Ohio State. And it advances to play a weekend game for its second straight tournament appearance, after going 1-1 in 2009.
It was a back-and-forth game that featured 15 lead changes, befitting of two schools that feature numerous connections.
Dayton coach Archie Miller spent two seasons at Ohio State working under Thad Matta. And Flyers guard Jordan Sibert left the Buckeyes two years ago and transferred to Dayton.
The Flyers took a 58-57 lead with 26.3 seconds remaining when Pierre hit all three free throws after being fouled in the left corner by Shannon Scott.
The Buckeyes regained the lead on Craft's driving reverse layup with 15.5 seconds left.
After Dayton took a timeout with 10.8 seconds remaining, they inbounded the ball and worked it to Sanford on the right wing. Driving the lane without hesitation, he laid in a shot from about 4 feet away.
Sanford is one of two Flyers with tournament experience. He transferred to Dayton after previously playing at Georgetown. Sibert is the other after making two appearances with the Buckeyes.
Devin Oliver scored 11 points for Dayton, while Pierre led with eight rebounds.
The Buckeyes' season comes to an abrupt end after the team got off to a 15-0 start. Ohio State instead stumbled down the stretch in splitting its final 20 games.
The Flyers, meanwhile, continued their roll. Since enduring a 1-5 slump, Dayton has improved to 11-2 in its past 13 games.
The Flyers surged to a 43-35 lead on Kendall Pollard's drive, before the Buckeyes leaned on their stifling defense to mount a comeback.
Ohio State capitalized on four Dayton turnovers to go on a 10-0 run capped by Thompson's rebound of Craft's miss with 10:23 remaining.
Neither team was capable of pulling away after that.
There was very little separating the teams during a first half that featured seven lead changes and ended with Dayton ahead 33-30. Matt Kavanaugh was the difference as the Buckeyes defense had difficulty containing him in the paint. Kavanaugh scored all his nine points in the first 20 minutes, and picked up the slack on offense after Sibert was forced to sit for 7 minutes in after picking up his second foul.
Wisconsin 75, American 35
GENARO C. ARMAS
AP Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin turned its NCAA tournament opener into a red-and-white party.
Ben Brust scored 17 points and the Badgers devastated American with a 22-5 run to close the first half in a 75-35 victory Thursday before a friendly crowd in Milwaukee.
No. 2 seed Wisconsin (27-7) recovered from a brief first-half rut and seven-point deficit to extinguish the dreams of the15th-seeded Eagles (20-13), champions of the Patriot League.
After Wisconsin was ousted in the first round last year as a fifth seed, Brust made sure his senior season didn't end the same way. He attacked the glass for buckets on back-to-back possessions, ending with a 3-point play with 3:33 left in the first half to give Wisconsin a 23-20 lead.
The rout was on. The Badgers hit 57 percent of their shots in the second half on the way to their largest margin of victory in the school's 44 NCAA postseason games.
John Schoof had 11 points for American.American opened the second half shooting 1 of 11, and coach Bo Ryan started going to his backups with 5 minutes left and the Badgers up 38.
Traevon Jackson finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Sam Dekker finished with 11.
Pittsburgh 77, Colorado 48
AP Sports WriterORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Talib Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half, helping Pittsburgh build a 28-point on the way to a 77-48 rout of Colorado in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
The Panthers (26-9), seeded ninth in the South Region, shot 51 percent and played stifling defense in advancing to a third-round matchup Saturday against either No. 1 seed Florida or No. 16 seed Albany.
Colorado (23-12) was eager to make amends for an early exit from the tournament a year ago, but had no answers for the 6-foot-9 Zanna. The Pitt center made six of seven shots in the first half, and the Panthers didn't have any difficulty finishing off the overwhelmed Buffaloes.
Josh Scott led the eighth-seeded Buffaloes with 14 points, however Colorado couldn't overcome a subpar performance from Askia Booker.