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Dayton vs Ohio State

Ohio State out early as Sanford helps Dayton advance

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BUFFALO, NY -- Dayton is reconfiguring the college basketball map in Ohio.

It no longer runs through Columbus after Vee Sanford's layup with 3.8 seconds left secured 11th-seeded Dayton's 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

"I guess they called us the little brother, or whatever," Flyers guard Jordan Sibert said. "We can't be called that anymore."

Sibert has seen it from both sides after transferring to Dayton following two seasons at Ohio State.

"To be able to go out there and play with this group of guys, to be able to come up with this win, it's unbelievable," Sibert said.

Leave it to another transfer, Sanford, to secure the victory in a back-and-forth game that featured 15 lead changes between two schools separated by some 75 miles.

After Ohio State's Aaron Craft hit a reverse layup with 15.5 seconds remaining, the Flyers set up a play during a timeout with 10.8 seconds left.

Dayton inbounded the ball and worked it to Sanford on the right wing. Driving the lane without hesitation, he got a step on Craft and laid in a shot from about 4 feet away.

"No, I wasn't nervous," said Sanford, who transferred to Dayton from Georgetown. "We've drawn up a play like that, and I messed it up previously. But [coach Archie Miller] just kept his trust in me, and I'm just thankful that the shot went in."

Sanford finished with 10 points, while Dyshawn Pierre led Dayton with 12 points. For Miller, in his third year, the win came against his former mentor, Thad Matta.

The Flyers (24-10), of the Atlantic-10 Conference, who have won 11 of 13, advance to a South Region matchup on Saturday.

It's one and done for the Big Ten Buckeyes (25-10), who were eliminated in the first game for only the third time in 26th tournament appearances. This season, Ohio State got off to a 15-0 start, and then stumbled down the stretch, splitting its final 20 games.

The loss marked the end for three seniors, including Craft, who were part of a team that had advanced past the third round in each of the previous three years.

Craft had a chance to pull out the win.

Driving the length of the court on the Buckeye's last possession, Craft bulled his way through three defenders only to have his 10-footer hit off the backboard and roll off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Craft remained on his back in disappointment as the Flyers rushed to celebrate at their bench at the other end of the court.

"I just wanted to do everything I could to help our team win, and down the stretch I couldn't do that today," Craft said. "I can take the blame for that."

Sam Thompson led Ohio State with 18 points, and Craft scored 16.

Craft had no time for questions about whether Dayton can stake claim to being the state's better basketball school for one year at least.

"Sorry, I have zero thoughts on that right now," he said. "I'm upset at the way we played this game, and the way we didn't take the opportunity and make the most of it."

Craft was involved in a questionable play when he draped his arms around Sibert and was called for an intentional foul with 2:35 left. Sibert hit both free-throws to put Dayton up 55-52, but the Flyers couldn't score on the ensuing possession. Craft made up for that at the other end, when he was fouled while hitting a 6-footer, and then completed the three-point play.

Miller was antsy right up to the final buzzer. Having spent two seasons at Ohio State, he was fully aware of Craft's ability to score clutch baskets.

"I thought it was going in," Miller said, referring to Craft's miss at the buzzer. "I've watched those guys win that game 1,000 times. He's a bulldozer with the ball. He got it down there in about three dribbles and got a good look. And it ended up rimming out. And we got lucky today."

The Flyers have shown a flare for dramatics this season.

Sanford's basket marked the third time the Flyers have won a game on a shot in the final 4 seconds.

Sibert hit a 3-pointer with 1 second left in an 81-80 win over IPFW on Nov. 9. Then there was Devin Oliver's buzzer-beater in an 83-80 overtime win at Ole Miss on Jan. 4.

"A lot of people were going to make a big case out of beating Thad, or beating Ohio State," Miller said. "We didn't get real complicated. It wasn't about Ohio State or where they're from, or blah, blah, blah. It was about us."

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Scoreboard
Dayton #11 «332760
Ohio State #6 302959
DAYTON:D. Pierre 12 Pts
DAYTON:D. Pierre 8 Reb
DAYTON:V. Sanford 3 Ast
OHIOST:S. Thompson 18 Pts
OHIOST:A. Williams 6 Reb
OHIOST:A. Craft 4 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
DaytonOhio State
DAYTON
Dyshawn Pierre
OHIOST
Aaron Craft
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
12821654
Dayton Flyers
D. Pierre, F332-27-782112
D. Oliver, F295-110-341111
K. Price, G261-20-01132
J. Sibert, G233-92-25149
M. Kavanaugh, C214-61-14219
V. Sanford, G214-112-213110
K. Pollard, F151-10-02112
S. Smith, G140-11-20001
J. Robinson, F-C132-50-02114
K. Davis, G30-10-00010
D. Scott, F-C20-00-00000
B. Vonderhaar, GDid Not Play
A. Gavrilovic, CDid Not Play
B. Wehrli, FDid Not Play
W. Dupuy, GDid Not Play
E. Eshoo, GDid Not Play
Totals 22-4913-1727121460
 44.9%76.5% 
Ohio State Buckeyes
A. Craft, G386-94-554316
L. Ross, F375-120-022110
S. Thompson, F308-110-141218
L. Smith Jr., G283-70-03016
A. Williams, C180-20-06110
S. Scott, G271-61-24423
T. McDonald, C90-00-02010
M. Loving, F81-21-20044
A. Della Valle, G50-12-20012
A. Goldstein, GDid Not Play
J. Lorbach, FDid Not Play
K. Williams, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-508-1226121659
 48.0%66.7% 
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VCU9-117-641
Saint Joes8-219-431
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St. Bona.7-315-649
Duquesne5-515-8110
Davidson5-513-850
Rhode Island5-513-10113
Richmond4-612-10126
Fordham3-712-9178
Saint Louis3-78-14193
UMass2-89-13188
George Mason2-88-15156
La Salle1-95-16248

Big Ten
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Iowa10-119-48
Maryland10-221-34
Indiana9-219-555
Michigan St.7-420-416
Purdue7-419-522
Michigan7-417-754
Wisconsin6-414-965
Ohio St.6-514-1087
Nebraska5-613-11163
Northwestern4-716-8108
Penn St.3-812-1299
Illinois3-811-13140
Minnesota0-116-17242
Rutgers0-116-18251
 
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AMER 35 Final
WISC 75
PITT 77 Final
COLO 48
HARV 61 Final
CINCY 57
WMU 53 Final
SYR 77
BYU 68 Final
ORE 87
ALB 55 Final
FLA 67
DEL 78 Final
MIST 93
STJO 81 Final
CONN 89
WOFF 40 Final
MICH 57
NCST 80 Final
STL 83
NDST 80 Final
OKLA 75
AZST 85 Final
TEX 87
MIL 53 Final
NOVA 73
MAN 64 Final
LOU 71
NMST 69 Final
SDSU 73