Ohio vs South Florida

Ohio reaches Sweet 16 for first time since 1964

CBSSports.com wire reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Walter Offutt and Ohio are moving on in the NCAA tournament.

Step aside, VCU. Enjoy your memories, Butler. The Bobcats are well on their way to becoming the mid-major darlings of this March Madness.

Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and No. 13 seed Ohio beat South Florida 62-56 on Sunday night to advance to the Midwest Regional semifinals.

The Bobcats (29-7), who opened the tournament with an upset against fourth-seeded Michigan, will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in St. Louis on Friday in their first trip to the round of 16 since they lost to the Wolverines in the regional finals in 1964.

Ohio trailed by two when Offutt swished a 3-pointer, launching a 10-0 run for the Bobcats. A pair of free throws by Cooper made it 54-46 with 3:28 left.

The Bobcats had a 59-53 lead when Toarlyn Fitzpatrick connected for South Florida's first 3-pointer of the half. But Cooper went 3 for 4 from the line while the Bulls missed three shots in the final 36 seconds.

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Victor Rudd Jr. and Anthony Collins scored 13 points apiece and Augustus Gilchrist had 12 for the Bulls (22-14), who were playing in their third game in five days with a travel day in between. South Florida beat California on Wednesday and Temple on Friday night in the second round.

If fatigue was a concern for South Florida, it didn't show it. The Bulls relied on their stingy defense to limit Ohio to just 30.4 percent shooting in the first half.

But while the Bulls managed to keep the Bobcats away from the rim, they couldn't stop them at the perimeter. Half of Ohio's second-half buckets were 3s, and the Bobcats finished 9 for 18 from long range.

Two of their five treys in the second half came after either a flagrant or technical foul.

Rudd was called for the flagrant, and Offutt hit both of his free throws and a 3-pointer that tied it at 31 with 15:52 to play.

Jawanza Poland was given the technical after hanging on the rim following a dunk. Nick Kellogg sank both free throws and a 3-pointer that again tied the game, this time at 42 with 9:23 to play.

Just over 2 minutes later, the Bobcats put together with the 10-0 run that gave them the lead and control, and the Bulls missed out on a shot at being the only team from the first four games to advance to the Sweet 16.

The Big East's top scoring defensive team and the Mid-American Conference tournament champions turned out to be a good match for one another.

Strong defense from both sides turned the first half into a mostly slow-paced affair. South Florida managed just 40.7 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.

The Bobcats had the hot hand first. D.J. Cooper sank a 3-pointer, Reggie Keely hit a pair of free throws, and a steal by T.J. Hall led to a layup by Cooper that gave Ohio a 12-6 lead 6 minutes into the game.

Victor Rudd Jr. answered with a resounding alley-oop dunk on a pass from Anthony Collins that launched a 13-1 run by the Bulls. A 3-pointer by Rudd gave them a 19-13 lead with 5:31 in the first half, and South Florida held a 27-21 lead at halftime.

Ohio stayed in the game with its perimeter shooting, going 4 for 10 from long range in the first half, while South Florida relied on its size. The Bulls outscored the Bobcats 16-6 in the paint in the first half.

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Ohio #13 «214162
South Florida #12 272956
OH:W. Offutt 21 Pts
OH:D. Cooper 6 Reb
OH:D. Cooper 7 Ast
SFL:V. Rudd Jr. 13 Pts
SFL:V. Rudd Jr. 10 Reb
SFL:A. Collins 6 Ast

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OhioSouth Florida
D.J. Cooper
Victor Rudd Jr.
Ohio Bobcats
W. Offutt, F387-93-430121
D. Cooper, G375-127-967119
I. Baltic, F341-30-02242
N. Kellogg, G252-63-41049
J. Smith, F190-12-23032
R. Keely, F220-54-65024
T. Hall, F181-40-04123
R. Johnson, G40-00-00010
S. Taylor, G31-30-01012
K. Belton, F-CDid Not Play
N. Goff, GDid Not Play
D. McKinley, GDid Not Play
E. Jacobs, CDid Not Play
T. Goard, FDid Not Play
Totals 17-4319-2525101962
South Florida Bulls
A. Collins, G374-85-516413
V. Rudd Jr., F364-124-4102213
A. Gilchrist, F-C284-64-450212
R. Anderson Jr., F263-30-16036
H. Robertson, G240-20-03120
T. Fitzpatrick, F263-70-06037
J. Poland, G151-41-31103
S. Noriega, G50-20-20000
B. Nash, G31-20-00002
A. Damour, FDid Not Play
M. McCloskey, GDid Not Play
Totals 20-4614-1932101656
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kent St.10-722-14142
Bowling Green7-1013-19225
Miami (Ohio)4-1311-21301
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ball St.10-721-13169
W. Michigan10-716-16174
E. Michigan7-1016-17175
N. Illinois7-1015-17239
C. Michigan6-1116-16216

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
So. Miss6-129-22331
North Texas2-168-22339
Other games
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STL 61 Final
Mich St 65
CREI 73 Final
NC 87
Norfolk St 50 Final
Florida 84
Lehigh 58 Final
XAV 70
Purdue 60 Final
Kansas 63
Cincinnati 62 Final
Florida St 56