Ohio State vs. Arizona final score: Ross hits the game winner as Ohio State advances to Elite Eight

Jeff Gross

LaQuinton Ross hit a three with two seconds left to send the Buckeyes to the Elite Eight with a thrilling win over Arizona.

LaQuinton Ross hit a three with two seconds left to give the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes a 73-70 win over the No. 6 Arizona Wildcats in the Sweet 16 Thursday night in Los Angeles.

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The game-winner answered a three-point play from Mark Lyons on the previous possession that tied the game for Arizona after the Wildcats had trailed for nearly the entire second half.

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The Buckeyes took the lead early in the second half during part of a massive 22-5 run that begin shortly after Aaron Craft re-entered the game with two fouls. That run turned a 33-22 Ohio State deficit into a 44-38 lead.

Hot three-point shooting fueled Arizona's early lead -- the Wildcats were 5-8 from beyond the arc in the first half -- but Craft and Deshaun Thomas took over after that. Thomas had 20 points, 16 in the first half, while Craft responded to his foul trouble by dropping 13.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, went cold in the second half, making just one of ten threes. But 23 points from Lyons and 16 more from Solomon Hill kept the game close, allowing for Ross's late heroics.

Ohio State will face the winner of No. 9 Wichita State and No. 13 La Salle on Sunday in the Elite Eight.

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