Ohio State belongs to Dayton.
The Flyers can lay claim to having bragging rights on their “big brothers” from down the road after Vee Sanford banked in a layup with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift 11th-seeded Dayton to a 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
Sanford finished with 10 points, while Dyshawn Pierre of Whitby, Ont., led the Flyers (24-10) with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds in a matchup of Ohio schools separated by about 120 kilometres. Dayton advances to play the winner between third-seeded Syracuse and 14th-seeded Western Michigan in a South Region matchup on Saturday.
The Buckeyes (25-10) had one last chance to pull out the victory, but Aaron Craft’s driving 10-footer hit off the backboard and rolled off the rim as the buzzer sounded. (Photos: Elsa/Getty Images, Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)