Mar 24, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger celebrates after the finals in the east region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Syracuse Orange at TD Garden. Ohio State won 77-70. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

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2012 NCAA Bracket, Syracuse Vs. Ohio State Score: Buckeyes Win, 77-70, Move On To Final Four

Ohio State is headed back to the Final Four. The No. 2 Buckeyes outlasted No. 1 seed Syracuse for a 77-70 victory in the East Regional final to punch their ticket.

Jared Sullinger paced the Buckeyes with 19 points and seven rebounds, despite only playing six minutes in the first half after early foul trouble.

Lenzelle Smith added 18 points, and William Buford (13 points) and Deshaun Thomas (14 points) each had nine rebounds, part of Ohio State's 37-22 advantage on the boards.

Syracuse struggled with foul trouble, picking up 28 fouls on the night and finishing with both Dion Waiters and James Southerland disqualified and three other players carrying four fouls. Brandon Triche had 15 points for 'Cuse, and Scoop Jardine added 14 points and six assists.

The Buckeyes will face the winner of Sunday's Midwest Regional final between North Carolina and Kansas in the Final Four in New Orleans.

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