Ohio State and South Dakota State were tied at 70 with 1:35 remaining Thursday, and everyone’s favorite pick for an NCAA Tournament first-round upset was on the brink of coming true. Then Ohio State senior guard Kam Williams received the ball beyond the arc and fired.
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Williams, who was suspended earlier in the season for a violation of team rules, wheeled around a screen, caught a pass and released. His 3-pointer fell through the net, and he converted the ensuing free throw. The senior was fouled from beyond the arc on the Buckeyes’ next possession, and suddenly the Buckeyes had a 77-70 lead.
No. 5-seed Ohio State beat South Dakota State, 81-73, to advance to a second round matchup against No. 4-seed Gonzaga.
Before Williams’ dagger, South Dakota State, a 12 seed, was on a 10-0 run. Then the 3-pointer fell through the basket, and the crowd at Taco Bell Arena, in Boise, Idaho, which was pining for an upset, fell silent.