Vee Sanford hits late winner, Dayton upsets Ohio State, 60-59

Buffalo, New York (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — The 2014 NCAA March Madness men’s basketball national tournament opened up with a major upset, as 11th seeded Dayton upsets sixth-seeded Ohio State, 60-59 on Thursday.

Team Stat Comparison

DAY
OSU
Points 60 59
FG Made-Attempted 22-49 (.449) 24-50 (.480)
3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 3-12 (.250)
FT Made-Attempted 13-17 (.765) 8-12 (.667)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

Game Leaders

DAY

OSU

Points D. Pierre 12 S. Thompson 18
Rebounds D. Pierre 8 A. Williams 6
Assists V. Sanford 3 A. Craft 4
Steals V. Sanford 2 A. Craft 4
Team Stats: Dayton | Ohio State

Both teams battled throughout the second half, but with 3.8 seconds left in the game, Vee Sanford, drove inside and hit the winning bucket.

Aaron Craft, who finished with 16 points in the game, missed a late drive at the end for Ohio State in the defeat.

Dyshawn Pierre led the Dayton Flyers (24-10) with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Devin Oliver scored 11 points and Sanford had 10 off the bench.

The Buckeyes (25-10) were led by Sam Thompson, who finished with 18 points.

LaQuinton Ross scored 10 points was also in double figures scoring for Ohio State.

Defeat saw coach Thad Matta being eliminated in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament for the second time, with both times with Ohio State.

Dayton led 33-30 at half-time.

Dayton will not meet the winner of the game between No. 3-seeded Syracuse and the 14th-seed W Michigan.

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