New Castle News


March 26, 2012

The Final Four: It's Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State


ST. LOUIS — Ohio State 77,

Syracuse 70

BOSTON (AP) — Jared Sullinger recovered from first-half foul trouble to score 19 points and grab seven rebounds, helping Ohio State beat Syracuse to advance to the Final Four.

It will be the Buckeyes’ first trip to the NCAA semifinals since 2007.

Deshaun Thomas had 14 points and nine rebounds for No. 2 seed Ohio State (31-7), which led by eight with 59 seconds to play and held on after the Orange cut it to three. The Buckeyes made 13 of 14 free throws in the final 68 seconds.

Brandon Triche scored 15 points and Baye Keita had 10 rebounds for top-seeded Syracuse (34-3). The Orange were hoping for a return trip to New Orleans, where they won their only national championship in 2003.

Ohio State now awaits the winner of the South Regional final between North Carolina and Kansas.

The loss ended a tumultuous season for Syracuse that began with accusations by two former ball boys that they were sexually abused in the 1980s by Bernie Fine, a longtime Syracuse assistant coach. Boeheim vigorously defended Fine, but later walked back his support in the face of new information. Fine, fired Nov. 27, has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

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