24 March 2012

Ohio State defeats Syracuse 77-70, advances to 2012 Final Four

It was a tight one throughout in Boston in the East Regional Final of the 2012 NCAA Tournament but it was Jared Sullinger and the Ohio State Buckeyes, the second seed in the East, who came out on top by defeating the top seeded Syracuse Orange 77-70 to advance to the Final Four down in New Orleans. It was a balanced effort by the Buckeyes as Sullinger led the way with 19 points, Lenzelle Smith made some key shots and had 18, Deshaun Thomas had 14 and 9, William Buford had 13 and 9 and while Aaron Craft did not contribute much offensively with only five points but was a big reason why Dion Waiters, the top player on the Orange, had an off night. The Buckeyes will take on either the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday, with the winner advancing to the National Championship Game.

Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery had the call at TD Garden and they have the game recap.

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