Last-Second Basket Beats Iowa State

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Aaron Craft hit a three-pointer with a half-second left and Ohio State escaped Dayton as the lone high seed left in the NCAA Tournament's wild West Regional, beating Iowa State 78-75 Sunday afternoon.

No. 2 Ohio State (28-7) needed Craft's only three of the game, an arching shot over 6-foot-7 defender Georges Niang from the top of the key, to avoid yet another upset in the West. Four of the top five seeds have fallen fast and hard in that most-busted bracket.

The Buckeyes' 10th straight win sends them into the round of 16 for the fourth straight year, a school record. They'll play sixth-seeded Arizona on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Tenth-seeded Iowa State (23-12) overcame a late 13-point deficit by hitting threes, but wound up beaten by Craft's lone basket from behind the arc.

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