3:00 PM ET, March 17, 2012
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH -- Jared Sullinger doesn't get mad anymore. Those days are over. The Ohio State sophomore forward knows he can't afford to lose his temper if the Buckeyes want to reach the Final Four.So rather than sulk after foul trouble and some solid Gonzaga defense frustrated him for 36 minutes Saturday, the quickly maturing big man relaxed, took a deep breath and hoisted the Buckeyes on his broad shoulders.Sullinger scored 18 points, including two big baskets on soft hook shots in the final 3 minutes to lead Ohio State to a 73-66 victory and a spot in the regional semifinals for the third straight year.
NCAA Mens Tournament
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: William Buford #44 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives for a shot attempt in the first...(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-56 (.393)||25-53 (.472)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-23 (.348)||9-24 (.375)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-19 (.737)||14-18 (.778)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
|» Mar 17, 2012||@OSU 73, GONZ 66||Recap|
Aaron Craft scored or assisted on 44 of the Buckeyes' 73 points (60.3 percent) in Ohio State's win Saturday against Gonzaga. That is the most points created (27 points on 10 assists), and the third-most points responsible for in a tournament game this season. Craft assisted on seven 3s, the most assists on 3s in a tournament game since Craft himself had nine last season against George Mason in the Round of 32.
Gonzaga dominated the offensive glass in the first half, grabbing nine offensive rebounds and capitalizing with 13 second-chance points. The Buckeyes clamped down in the second half, limiting the Bulldogs to four offensive rebounds and two second-chance points. Ohio State entered Saturday allowing opponents to grab only 24.8 percent of their misses, best in the Big Ten.[+]
Gonzaga 2nd-Chance Opportunities
Ohio State made nine 3-point field goals against Gonzaga on Saturday, with Aaron Craft assisting on seven. The Buckeyes scored 27 of their 73 points (37 percent) on 3s, their highest percentage of points from behind the 3-point line in a game this season. Entering Saturday, Ohio State ranked last in the Big Ten in percentage of points from 3-point field goals (19.5 percent).
Aaron Craft made 7 of his 9 field goal attempts, including all five of his shots in the paint. Craft scored a team-high 10 of the Buckeyes' 24 paint points.
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