Syracuse and Ohio State both played their first halves of the two teams' Elite Eight tilt without their big men in the middle, and the first half ended up tied at 29-29. But while the Orange have been without Fab Melo for the entirety of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Buckeyes missed Jared Sullinger for all but six minutes of the first half because of foul trouble.
Syracuse got seven points from Scoop Jardine, six points from Dion Waiters, and four each from Rakeem Christmas, C.J. Fair and Kris Joseph. The Orange also forced six Ohio State turnovers and held the Buckeyes to 10-of-30 shooting from the field.
But Ohio State repaid the favor with defense that held the Orange to a 10-for-28 performance from the field, and William Buford and Deshaun Thomas each chipped in six points to help keep things tight in Boston.
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