Boxscore
Ohio St. 73, Gonzaga 66
Saturday, March 17, 2012 2:45 PM
Location - CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Officials - James Breeding, Ed Corbett, Randy McCall
Attendance - 18588

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Gonzaga 37 29 66
Ohio St. 39 34 73

Recap


Ohio State 73, Gonzaga 66:
Aaron Craft had 17 points and a season-high 10 assists as the Buckeyes edged the Bulldogs to move into the Sweet 16 for the third straight season.
 
Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas each added 18 points for No.2 seed Ohio State (29-7), which will face either Florida State or Cincinnati in the regional semifinal.
 
Trailing by as many as seven points in the first half and with Sullinger on the bench with foul trouble, Ohio State turned to Thomas as the sophomore scored 12 straight points the Buckeyes to tie the game at 37.
 
Craft sent Ohio State into the break with a rare first-half lead with a late jumper and continued his scoring outburst with the first seven points for the Buckeyes in the second half.
 
With the defensive attention focused on his offense, Craft assisted on the next two baskets – 3-pointers from Thomas and William Buford – as the Buckeyes raced out to a 52-42 advantage.
 
Craft forced freshman Kevin Pangos, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, into a 3 of 14 shooting performance, holding him to 10 points.
 
But No. 7 seed Gonzaga (27-6) refused to wilt as fellow freshman Gary Bell Jr. hit a 3-pointer to fuel a 13-3 run, tying the game at 61 with 4:05 remaining.
 
However, Sullinger broke a long field-goal drought with two jumpers to increase Ohio State’s advantage to 66-61.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK:
Ohio State, which finished last in the Big Ten in 3-pointers, went 9 of 24 beyond the arc. … Both of Craft’s double-digit assist games have come in the third round of the NCAA tournament. He had 15 assists against George Mason last season. … Sullinger went 3 of 3 from the field over the first 2:30 of the game, but did not hit his next shot until the 3:38 mark of the second half. He finished 5 of 9 from the field. ... Gonzaga shot 38.6 percent from the field, its second-worst shooting effort of the season.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Kevin Pangos 34:00 3-13 2-8 2-2 1 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 10
Robert Sacre 24:00 3-6 0-0 2-3 1 5 6 1 4 0 2 1 8
Elias Harris 34:00 6-14 2-6 2-4 2 5 7 0 4 0 1 0 16
Gary Bell Jr. 36:00 5-9 3-5 5-6 1 3 4 5 2 0 1 0 18
Guy Landry Edi 20:00 1-2 0-1 2-2 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 4
Sam Dower 18:00 4-9 1-1 0-0 5 1 6 1 2 0 3 0 9
Mike Hart 15:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 0
David Stockton 14:00 0-2 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 0 1
Ryan Spangler 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mathis Monninghoff 1:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marquise Carter 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-56 8-23 14-19 11 20 31 14 19 3 9 1 66
  39.3% 34.8% 73.7% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 9

Ohio St Buckeyes

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jared Sullinger 26:00 5-9 2-2 6-7 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 0 18
William Buford 40:00 4-13 2-7 3-4 0 5 5 1 3 1 1 0 13
Aaron Craft 40:00 7-9 1-3 2-2 1 2 3 10 2 3 2 0 17
Evan Ravenel 11:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 0
Lenzelle Smith Jr. 28:00 2-6 1-4 2-2 0 5 5 1 2 0 2 1 7
Deshaun Thomas 39:00 7-15 3-7 1-2 5 2 7 1 3 0 2 2 18
Shannon Scott 11:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0
Amir Williams 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Sam Thompson 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 25-53 9-24 14-18 7 19 26 13 17 6 11 4 73
  47.2% 37.5% 77.8% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 11
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