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March 25, 2013

Methuen's Niang nets eight points in loss to Ohio State

DAYTON, Ohio — Coming off a season-high 19 points to lead Iowa State over Notre Dame on Friday, Georges Niang of Methuen didn’t have as memorable a night yesterday vs. No. 2 seed Ohio State.

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft whittled down the clock and swished a 3-pointer with .5 seconds left for a 78-75 victory over No. 2 seed Iowa State to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

The Buckeyes will meet sixth-seeded Arizona on Thursday in the regional semifinals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

With the game tied, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas deflected a pass to force a turnover. Then, Craft missed a 15-footer, but the ball went out of bounds to OSU at 29.9.

Craft dribbled the clock down and hit his pull-up from the top of the key, atoning for some costly missed free throws earlier.

The Cyclones couldn’t get a shot off after that.

Niang finished with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 33 minutes of action. He turned the ball over three times. He was 3 of 6 from the field and converted his only 3-point attempt. He went 1 of 2 from the foul line.

Thomas had a game-high 22 points, Craft 18 and sub LaQuinton Ross 17 for the Buckeyes.

INDIANA 58, TEMPLE 52

On the verge of being the second No. 1 knocked from the NCAA tournament, Indiana finally stopped Temple’s No. 1.

Victor Oladipo hit a key 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and the top-seeded Hoosiers, their season moments from ending in disappointment, shut down Owls star Khalif Wyatt in the final 3 minutes to hold off the Owls.

The Hoosiers (29-6) trailed by four with 2:56 left, but closed with a 10-0 run and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. Indiana will play No. 4 seed Syracuse in the regional semifinals on Thursday in Washington, a rematch of the classic 1987 title game won by the Hoosiers.

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