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.
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.
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.