Wichita St. 70, Ohio St. 66

Saturday, March 30, 2013 7:05 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - Patrick Adams, Jamie Luckie, Ray Natili
Attendance - 17998

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Wichita St. 35 35 70
Ohio St. 22 44 66

Recap


Wichita State 70, Ohio State 66: Malcolm Armstead had 14 points and seven rebounds as the Shockers held off a late charge from the Buckeyes in the West Regional final in Los Angeles to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1965.
 
Cleanthony Early and Fred VanVleet each scored 12 points for Wichita State (30-8), which notched its first 30-win season. Tekele Cotton chipped in 10 points for the Shockers, who will meet Louisville or Duke in Atlanta next Saturday in their second Final Four appearance in school history.

Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points for Ohio State (29-8), which failed in its bid to make the national semifinals for the second straight season. LaQuinton Ross added 19, including 15 in the second half.
 
Ohio State missed its first seven shots, but rebounded to knot it at 13 by hitting five of its next eight attempts. However, Wichita State held Ohio State to 3-of-18 shooting over the final 11:05 of the first half and used a 22-9 run to close the half for a 13-point advantage.
 
The Shockers continued to build their cushion in the second and stretched the margin to 20 three times – the last coming with 11:02 remaining – before the Buckeyes rallied to within three points behind a 28-11 surge over the next 8:14. But Cotton’s 3-pointer with 2:21 left doubled the lead to 65-59 and VanVleet’s jumper with a minute to go allowed Wichita State to close it out.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Wichita State became the first Missouri Valley Conference team to make the Final Four since Larry Bird led Indiana State to the 1979 title game. … Ohio State entered Saturday hitting 23 of its 46 3-pointers in the NCAA Tournament, but finished 5-for-25 against the Shockers. … The Buckeyes shot 31.1 percent Saturday. None of the Wichita State’s four NCAA Tournament opponents have shot better than 35.7 percent.


 

Wichita St. Shockers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Malcolm Armstead 37:00 6-21 2-6 0-0 1 6 7 3 4 3 3 0 14
Tekele Cotton 30:00 2-6 2-3 4-8 3 2 5 1 4 1 2 0 10
Carl Hall 27:00 3-8 0-0 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 1 1 6 8
Ron Baker 33:00 0-3 0-1 9-9 0 4 4 1 3 0 2 1 9
Cleanthony Early 32:00 5-9 2-5 0-1 2 5 7 0 3 1 1 2 12
Ehimen Orukpe 5:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 2
Fred Van Vleet 24:00 4-8 1-3 3-3 0 3 3 2 3 2 1 0 12
Jake White 2:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Demetric Williams 7:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 3
Chadrack Lufile 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-59 8-20 18-23 10 24 34 9 23 8 12 9 70
  37.3% 40.0% 78.3% Team Rebs: 6   Total TO: 12

Ohio St Buckeyes

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Aaron Craft 38:00 2-12 2-7 3-5 0 7 7 2 4 2 2 0 9
Lenzelle Smith Jr. 23:00 2-6 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 1 0 0 5
Deshaun Thomas 37:00 8-20 0-6 7-9 1 4 5 3 4 0 5 2 23
Sam Thompson 33:00 1-3 0-2 2-3 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 1 4
Amir Williams 17:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 4 0
Evan Ravenel 5:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
Shannon Scott 25:00 2-7 0-1 2-2 5 2 7 2 2 0 0 0 6
LaQuinton Ross 22:00 4-12 2-7 9-10 0 5 5 0 1 2 1 1 19
TOTAL 200 19-61 5-25 23-29 8 26 34 7 22 5 9 8 66
  31.1% 20.0% 79.3% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 9