Aaron Craft and the Buckeyes Sink Iowa State with Buzzer Beater in Round of 32
Aaron Craft meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
The Buckeyes floor general missed free throws, turned it over and committed a costly foul down the stretch of the game against No. 10 seed Iowa State. It looked like Ohio State was going to collapse after holding a 13-point second half lead as a result.
And then Craft redeemed himself with two big time plays. He drew a charge with his heel millimeters away from the semi-circle and then with .5 seconds remaining drilled the shot that every kid dreams about to put the Buckeyes up for good 78-75.
Had Iowa State held on, it would have been the first time in NCAA tournament history that the top four seeds in a single region were eliminated before the Sweet 16.
As for the Buckeyes, they will travel to Los Angeles to face Arizona in the next round and have a great chance to reach the Final Four. Iowa State is forced to take another heart-breaking loss, which has to be tough to swallow for the Cyclone players and fans.
What a game.
Ohio State 78, Iowa State 75 FINAL
And Iowa State's desperation heave is blocked by Aaron Craft. What an unbelievable game.
AARON. CRAFT.— The NutHouse (@BuckeyeNutHouse) March 24, 2013
Ohio State 78, Iowa State 75 (.2 seconds)
And Aaron Craft redeems himself for every mistake he made down the stretch and drills a three. UNBELIEVABLE. This is March Madness at its finest.
No 2 for 1??— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) March 24, 2013
Ohio State 75, Iowa State 75 (29 second left)
You would have to think the Buckeyes will go for the last shot here.
Why doesn't Deshaun Thomas have the ball right now? Huh?— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) March 24, 2013
Aaron Craft draws a huge charge and now has two big free throws coming up.
I haven't seen Aaron Craft melt down like this in three years he's been at Ohio State. Pretty strange, actually.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWassermanBSB) March 24, 2013
Who would have thought Aaron Craft would be single-handedly costing the Buckeyes the game with turnovers, fouls and missed free-throws.
Oh, yeah. If ISU pulls this out, the West is left with the 6, 9, 10, 12 and 13 seeds.— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) March 24, 2013
Ohio State 69, Iowa State 68 (3:53 second half)
Buckeyes look completely shell-shocked. Aaron Craft misses two consecutive front ends of one-and-ones and the Cyclones are poised to tie this up after the timeout. Unbelievable.
Ohio State 69, Iowa State 66 (4:10 second half)
Ohio State 69, Iowa State 59 (5:48 second half)
Again, Iowa State is never out of a game because of that three-point shooting. Cyclones hit another one there to stay in it.
T.J. Otzelberger just told Hoiberg that Niang has 4 fouls. Hoiberg knows. Not confident in bench at all. Keeping the rookie out there.— Chris Williams (@ChrisMWilliams) March 24, 2013
Niang with his fourth foul on Craft's drive. Big call there.
Ohio State 65, Iowa State 56 (7:30 second half)
Just when it looks like the Buckeyes are going to get a comfortable lead, Korie Lucious hits yet another long-range shot. Cyclones just will not go away.
This from Patrick Maks of The Lantern:
LaQuinton Ross runs like an especially awkward T-Rex but my god can he stroke it. Smooth.— Patrick Maks (@maksimuspatrick) March 24, 2013
Ohio State 60, Iowa State 51 (10:11 second half)
And LaQuinton Ross shows up big time for the Buckeyes. Gets a layup in transition, rebound and then three. Gives Ohio State some temporary breathing room, but foul trouble is becoming a concern.
Thomas hits a huge three out of the timeout, but to the surprise of nobody Iowa State forces another second half opportunity and foul on Lenzelle Smith Jr. If the Cyclones continue to rebound like this, they could find themselves in the Sweet 16 by this afternoon.
Evan Ravenel and Amir Williams combined: 2pts (0/1 FG, 2/4 FT), 4rebs, 4pfs.— Vico (@ourhonordefend) March 24, 2013
Ohio State 52, Iowa State 51 (11:55 second half)
Iowa State busts out the zone on the Buckeyes and it is working. Ohio State really struggling again.
Ohio State 52, Iowa State 46 (13:47 second half)
Trading threes now. This is going to go down to the wire.
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