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March 25, 2013

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

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Coming off a season-high 19 points to lead Iowa State over Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament first round Friday, Georges Niang of Methuen didn’t have as memorable of 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. 10 seed Iowa State to advance to the 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.

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.

Wyatt scored 31 points to lead the Owls (24-10).

Oladipo finished with 16 and Cody Zeller added 15 for the Hoosiers.

Kansas 70, North Carolina 58

Behind the impassioned play of Travis Releford and Jeff Withey, the top-seeded Jayhawks shook themselves out of a first-half slumber and blitzed No. 8 seed North Carolina down the stretch.

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