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Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas celebrates a field goal against Arizona during the second half of a West Regional semifinal in the NCAA tournament Thursday in Los Angeles.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES - LaQuinton Ross hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the brink of its second straight Final Four appearance with a 73-70 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals.
Ross, the Buckeyes' remarkable reserve, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7),
who rallied from an early 11-point deficit and weathered the sixth-seeded Wildcats' late charge for their 11th consecutive victory since mid-February.
Deshaun Thomas scored 20 points for Ohio State, and Aaron Craft added 13 before ceding the Buckeyes' final shot to Ross. Craft hit an awfully similar 3-pointer against Iowa State last Sunday to send the Buckeyes forward.
Mark Lyons' acrobatic three-point play for the Wildcats (27-8) had tied it with 21.8 seconds left.
Craft dribbled down the clock and gave it to Ross, who coolly drilled his second 3-pointer and set off a wild celebration in the Ohio State section of the Arizona-dominated crowd.
On Saturday, Ohio State will face the winner of the late game between underdogs Wichita State and La Salle.
NC State's Brown to enter NBA draft
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown said Thursday he's ready for the NBA.
The junior point guard held a news conference with coach Mark Gottfried to announce his plans to skip his final season with the Wolfpack.
"I just kind of figured it was my time to leave and just step up to something new," Brown said.
A second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick by both the media and the coaches, the 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.4 points and a league-best 7.2 assists per game. Brown's value was most apparent with his ability to push the ball in transition, though he was also a capable defender who frustrated league player of the year Erick Green throughout N.C. State's ACC tournament win against Virginia Tech.
Drake hires Giacoletti
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake has hired Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti as its new basketball coach.
Giacoletti has worked under coach Mark Few for the past six seasons. Gonzaga won five West Coast Conference titles during that time and reached No. 1 late this season.
Giacoletti is perhaps best known for his three-year tenure at Utah.
Bucknell extends coach Paulsen's contact
Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen has been rewarded for taking the program to its second NCAA tournament in three seasons with a five-year contract extension.
The deal announced Thursday morning keeps Paulsen under contract in Lewisburg through the 2017-18 season.
Baylor 79, Providence 68
WACO, Texas - Pierre Jackson had 20 points and 13 assists in his final home game for Baylor as the Bears beat Providence (19-15) in an NIT quarterfinal.
Cory Jefferson added 26 points and Rico Gathers had 10 rebounds for the Bears (21-14), who go to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden for the second time in four years. They play BYU (24-11) next Tuesday.
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