LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — LaQuinton Ross knocked down a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to give Ohio State a 73-70 victory over Arizona in an exciting sweet 16 game at Staples Center on Thursday night.
With the game tied at 70-70 and 21.8 seconds left, all eyes were on Aaron Craft, but he passed it off to Ross to nail the long range three-pointer, much to the delight of his teammates and the supporting fans, who went wild after the shot.
Ross, who finished with 17 points in the game, scored 14 of the Buckeyes’ last 20 points, while star forward Deshaun Thomas, who kept his team in the contest when things weren’t going according to plan, top scored with 20 points in the win.
Trailing 38-34 at half-time after going behind early, Ohio State (29-7) came out firing in the second half and scored the first 10 points of the half to take the lead.
Craft had 13 points and five assists and in the end, the Buckeyes scored 15 points in the final 7:59 minutes to seal the win and move into the elite eight with the West Regional semifinals positive result.
Mark Lyons scored a game high 23 points to lead Arizona (27-8), while Solomon Hill finished with 17 points in the defeat for the Wildcats.