LaQuinton Ross hit the tie breaking 3-pointer
with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the brink of its
second straight Final Four appearance with a 73-70 victory over
Arizona on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals.
Ross, the Buckeyes' remarkable reserve, scored 14 of his 17
points in the second half for the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7),
who rallied from an early 11-point deficit and weathered the
sixth-seeded Wildcats' late charge for their 11th consecutive
victory since mid-February.
Deshaun Thomas scored 20 points for Ohio State, and Aaron Craft
added 13 before ceding the Buckeyes' final shot to Ross. Craft hit
an awfully similar 3-pointer against Iowa State last Sunday to send
the Buckeyes forward.
Mark Lyons' acrobatic three-point play for the Wildcats (27-8)
had tied it with 21.8 seconds left.
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