Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Buckeyes survive and advance, will face Gonzaga

Buckeyes survive and advance, will face Gonzaga

The Jackrabbits will face the Ohio State Buckeyes Thursday afternoon in Boise, Ida., at Taco Bell Arena in a NCAA Tournament Round of 64 game.

LATE-SEASON SURGE: After starting the season 3-7 thanks to a hard non-conference schedule, GW rebounded in the middle portion of the regular season and has surged down the stretch to pull six games above.500 at 19-13 overall.

After a dead-even first half, in which Ohio State and South Dakota State were tied at 43, the Buckeyes seemed to pull away late in the game. After missing nearly two weeks (and three games, including Ohio State's upset at Purdue), the redshirt senior returned to the lineup.

The Buckeyes' Keita Bates-Diop posted a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds.

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The South Dakota State University men's basketball team is out of the NCAA Tournament.

Brandon Key reached double figures for the eighth time this season, finishing with a career-high 16 points.

Ohio State survived the upset to get a shot at another upset survivor, Gonzaga.

According to MyBookie, the fifth-seeded Buckeyes are three-point underdogs against the fourth-seeded Bulldogs.

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Oshae Brissett had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Orange, who only played until the second round in the ACC tournament. But in a sporting spectacle littered with the unexpected, Syracuse's "same old" was the magic it needed.


Gonzaga did not play well versus UNC Greensboro and that has to change against Ohio State.

Daum had 17 points, and Jenkins and Key (3-of-3 on 3s) nine apiece at halftime. He went 4-of-5 on 3-pointers after entering the game just 9-of-36 on the year. After scoring 10 consecutive points, tying game at 70-70 apiece. The last couple they tried, both by Kam Williams, helped push Ohio State into the round of 32.

The Sac City, Iowa, native finished 11th in SDSU history with 1,436 points. Ohio State saw CJ Jackson add 20 points and nine rebounds while Jae'Sean Tate chipped in with eight points and seven boards.

"They're very well-schooled and disciplined, and those guys stepped up and made big plays throughout the second half", South Dakota State coach T.J. Otzelberger said.

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He started in three NCAA Tournament games. The game was tied at half at 43 apiece. Totals 27-72 15-19 81. The Colonials boast records of 18-3 when holding an opponent under 59 points and 13-2 when holding the opposition to 40 percent shooting from the field or less.

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