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Dayton 60, Ohio State 59: How the game was won

By Tim Graham

What it means: The 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers have a chance to reach the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984. The sixth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes are one-and-done for the first time in six years.

Moment of the game: Dayton guard Vee Sanford drove into the paint and banked in a layup with 3.8 seconds left for the victory.

Player of the game: Dyshawn Pierre led Dayton with 12 points and collected a game-high eight rebounds. With 26.3 seconds to play, he was fouled by Shannon Scott while attempting a three-pointer. Pierre converted all three of his free throws to give Dayton a 58-57 lead.

Stat of the game: Dayton didn't score over a span of nearly five minutes in the second half, allowing Ohio State to go on a 10-0 run and take a 45-43 lead.

Streaks and runs: The Buckeyes won their first 15 games this season and then went 10-9 the rest of the way. The Flyers have won 11 of their past 12 and went 11-7 against teams in the RPI 100.

Foreshadowing of the day: About 2:30 into the game, Dayton trailed, 5-0. Ohio State looked every bit the favorite. Dayton guard Jordan Sibert, a transfer from Ohio State two years ago, made a three-pointer in front of his former team's bench and shot a look at his old mates to let them know it wasn't going to be an easy afternoon.

Coming up: Dayton will play the winner of this afternoon's Syracuse-Western Michigan game Saturday in First Niagara Center.


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