Score: No. 2 Ohio State 73, No. 6 Arizona 70
Star(s): Ohio State:LaQuinton Ross 17 Pts, 1 Reb; Aaron Craft 13 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl. Arizona:Mark Lyons 23 pts, 1 Reb, 1 Stl.
Story: The Buckeyes don't know how to do things the easy way.
Arizona jumped out to an early lead in the first half, thanks to some hot shooting. The Wildcats started the game 5-of-7 from 3-point land, taking command in the game's first few minutes. After establishing an 11-point lead, Arizona never fell behind for the rest of the opening half.
The Buckeyes got in early foul trouble, and Aaron Craft was even forced to the bench for a chunk of the half. The Buckeyes seemed to be playing a less aggressive style because of it.
But Craft returned to the court later in the period and provided a spark for Ohio State. The Buckeyes pulled within four by the halfway mark, 38-34.
OSU came out quick in the second session, pulling ahead at 40-38 and surging to a 10-0 run before the Wildcats could get anything going. Deshaun Thomas continued his strong tournament play, pouring in 20 points on 50 percent shooting while Ross lit up the gym off the bench.
That said, Ross was nearly the villain in this one. With about 25 second remaining, Arizona had the ball, but Ohio State had a three point lead. Mark Lyons drove to the rim and Ross committed a bad foul, putting him on the line for an and-one. Lyons tied it up and Craft found himself dribbling out the clock waiting for a last second shot, for the second game in a row.
This time, Ross showed a screen for Craft, but rolled off to his left before getting the pass and launching up the biggest shot of his young Buckeye career. (He made it by the way).
I'm pretty sure that Craft almost broke Twitter after the Iowa State game. Ross did the same after this one.
This picture is all you need to know about Ohio State's tournament so far.