DAYTON, Ohio (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Aaron Craft drained a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on the clock and No. 2 Ohio State registered a 78-75 victory over Iowa State and marched into the last 16 on Sunday.
With both teams tied at 75-75 and the clock running down, Craft hit what turned out to be the game winning three-point bucket for the Buckeyes to stay on course to win the NCAA tournament this season.
“The moment’s a lot bigger than me,” said a humbled Craft, who finished with 18 points and six assists.
“It just happened to be in my hands at the end.”
Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and LaQuinton Ross added 17 for the Buckeyes (28-7) which moved on to play in a school-record fourth straight sweet 16.
Ohio State are the highest seed left on their side of the bracket, following the defeat of No. 1 Gonzaga on Saturday, and they weren’t prepared to leave early.
“With all that’s gone on in college basketball, anything’s possible,” Craft said. “You can see it with what’s gone on in our bracket right now.”
Korie Lucious scored 19 points to lead Iowa State (23-12) with Will Clyburn adding 17 and Tyrus McGee 14.
Melvin Ejim collected a double-double of 11 rebounds and 10 points in the defeat for the Cyclones.
Watch Video Highlights: Aaron Craft last-second jumper against Iowa State