Ohio State holds on for win

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Ohio State exorcised the Demons of last season's tournament loss to Utah State in a 69-64 win over Davidson in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes held on against a late run from the Wildcats to advance to a game against Missouri.

Bryant Brown was the key for Ohio State. The senior guard took over late to lead Ohio State past the pesky 13 seed. Brown scored 33 points, 18 in the second half, to lead all scorers.

OSU scored 1:28 into the contest and would not lead again until there were less than :03 left in the first half. Davidson controlled the pace, limiting possessions with passes in and out of the paint.

The Buckeyes had no answer for Martin Ides, the Wildcats' 7-2 center. The bigman from the Czech Republic was able to shoot over the shorter Ohio State players. Ides showed great ability with his turn-around jumper and a soft jump hook. Ides led the underdogs with 20 points.

With the half dwindling down, Ohio State took the lead on a Brown three-pointer.

The Buckeyes took that momentum into the second half and although they led most of the way, they could never shake the pesky Wildcats. Ohio State led by eight with 7:00 to play, but allowed Davidson to get back in the game. Over the next 3:30 Davidson outscored the Buckeyes 10-1 and took the lead on Pearson jumper following an offensive rebound after a missed free throw.

The lead was short lived. Brown came right back and hit a leaner to give the Buckeye's a lead they never relinquished.

Peter Anderer made things interesting with a three pointer that made it 65-64, but Davidson could not get any closer.

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