How Sweet it is

Arizona dominated in the second half to defeat Ohio State on Saturday and advance to the Sweet 16. Read on for a complete recap of the win.

How Sweet it is.

Despite a mediocre first half, Arizona used a dominating second half to defeat Ohio State 73-58 and advance to the Sweet 16.

Shannon Scott made a three to open the game and Stanley Johnson put Arizona on the board. Jae’Sean Tate then exchanged baskets with T.J. McConnell as Ohio State led 5-4 about five minutes into the game.

Gabe York came in and hit a three and McConnell got a layup as the Wildcats grabbed a 9-5 lead with 13:28 left in the first half.

Marc Loving made a jumper and Sam Thompson nailed a three. Brandon Ashley then scored off the glass and Arizona took an 11-10 lead with 11:21 remaining in the half.

Thompson got a dunk and two free-throws before McConnell made a jumper. D’Angelo Russell then hit a three and McConnell scored again. Trey McDonald proceeded to score and the Buckeyes held a 19-15 lead with 7:38 left in the half.

Russell scored and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made two free-throws. Amir Williams then got a basket, as did Kaleb Tarczewski. A shot by Ashley proceeded to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 23-21.

Tate and Ashley exchanged baskets before Ashley made one free-throw. Tarczewski then made two and the Wildcats went into the half up 26-25.

McConnell made a three and Scott hit a jumper. Tarczewski then made two free-throws and Williams did the same.

McConnell made a layup, but Scott hit two from the line. After a three by Thompson, York hit one of his own. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson then got a dunk and York made a three to put the Wildcats up 41-34 with 15:24 left in regulation.

Scott and Tarczewski proceeded to exchange jumpers. York then made another three and Arizona took a 46-36 lead with 11:11 left.

Scott made one from the line and Hollis-Jefferson did also. Russell then got two free-throws before McConnell made a layup and York hit a three. Russell then made a jumper and a three by Loving cut Arizona’s lead to 52-44 with 7:37 remaining.

Pitts made a three and Hollis-Jefferson got a dunk. Hollis-Jefferson then scored and a free-throw by Tate had the Wildcats up 59-45 with 5:33 left.

Loving got a three-point play and McConnell responded with two free-throws. York then made two of his own before Tate got a basket., but that would be more than enough for the Wildcats.


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