2014 NCAA Recap: Ohio State edged by Dayton, 60-59

Written March 20th, 2014 by Ken

via twitter @11W

Ohio State officially kicked off the South Region (sorry, play-in games don’t count in my book) by squaring off against the Dayton Flyers. However, this was as far along the tournament trail the Buckeyes would get as a last second driving layup by Vee Sanford provided the winning points as Dayton, a 6-point underdog, upset Ohio State 60-59.

This game game really encapsulated the entire season for the Buckeyes. There were moments of brilliant play offset by moments of mediocre-to-poor play. There were also the usual suspects of 1)  poor 3-point shooting, 2) equally poor free throw shooting, 3) lack of offensive rebounding and 4) inexplicable turnovers. We saw these elements all season, and playing true to form, we saw them this afternoon. The Buckeyes end the season with a 25-10 record.

Sam Thompson led Ohio State with 18 points, followed by Aaron Craft’s 16 and LaQuinton Ross’ 10. Although held scoreless, Amir Williams led the Buckeyes with 6 rebounds. Ohio State shot 48% from the field (24-50), but only 25% (3-12) from the perimeter and 67% (8-12) from the foul line. They grabbed 28 rebounds, but only 3 were at the offensive end.

The Flyers were led by Dyshawn Pierre’s 12 points, with 3 of them coming on free throws near the end of the game, Devin Oliver’s 11 points and Vee Sanford’s 10 points. Former Buckeye Jordan Sibert had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Dayton shot 45% (22-49) from the field, only 23% (3-13) from the perimeter, but a robust 76% (13-17) from the free throw line.

Ohio State trailed at the half 33-30 as both teams shot quit well; Dayton shot 50% (13-26) and Ohio State shot 44% (11-25). Both team had 13 rebounds, and both teams rebounded poorly at the offensive end with 1 offensive rebound each.

This 1st half was a game of ebbs and flows, with small runs and counter-runs. It also showed a tendency for Ohio State to get away from their game plan.  The offense devolved from initially showing good motion and attacking the paint to  as the half progressed, taking more 3-pointers. And shooting 2-6 from the perimeter was not a good in-game change.

The first 5 minutes showed OSU with a 5-0 run countered by a Dayton 12-4 run. The teams basket-teaded for the next 10 minutes, with OSU leading 25-23, then Dayton went on a 10-5 run over the last five minutes to close out the half with the lead. During this stretch, the Buckeyes struggled offensively, going 2-7 from the filed while committing 2 turnovers.

At the under-16 timeout, Dayton led 12-9. OSU jumped out to 5-0 lead, but Dayton put together a 10-2 run over a two minute span. At the under-12 timeout, Dayton still held the lead 17-13. At the 8:15 mark, Ohio State had reclaimed the lead 22-21.

In the 2nd half, at the 15:06 mark, Dayton had moved out to a 41-34 lead on 4-9 shooting while OSU shot 2-5. At the under-12 timeout, Dayton still held the lead 43-39, as OSU was chipping into the lead despite some sloppy ball-handling. At the under-8 timeout, powered by a mid-half 10-2 run, the Buckeyes held the lead 48-47. At the 3:32 mark Ohio State led 52-51 thanks to a driving layup by Aaron Craft. At the 1:06 timeout, the game was scored at 55. A Sam Thompson jumper and an AAron Craft layup were outmatched by Dyshawn Pierre’s 3 free throws and a Vee Sanford layup, with 6 seconds remaining, to grab the win for Dayton.

And so the 2013-2014 season ends…


  1. wildman1056No Gravatar
    March 21st, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Some time between 2025 and 2030, when we all have gained “perspective,” there will be experts that will pronounce the Thad Matta years as a golden age of Ohio State basketball, perhaps even THE golden age of Ohio State basketball. Assuming nothing changes from now until then, they will cite the continual presence of 25-win seasons, All-Americans, NBA first-round draft choices, Big Ten regular season and tournament wins, and NCAA sweet sixteen, elite eights, and final four appearances. Maybe they will even celebrate some NCAA championships.

    Hidden within the glitter of this record will be this season’s team. Oh, on the surface it will fit in all right; it will have the 25 wins, a number which has become the new standard for “good.” Only a closer examination of the record will reveal how much this team underachieved. The horrible shooting from the field and in clutch free-throw situations, the carelessness with the ball, and the poor defensive stretches ensured that this team did the least with the most of any Ohio State team during this era.

    Too many regular-season losses to bad teams, and yes, there ARE bad teams in the Big Ten. Finally, a loss to a badly inferior Dayton team. This just makes me shake my head. Hopefully, the guys coming in will have some heart. Bring on football!


    KenNo Gravatar
    March 21st, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Wildman, that’s a pretty good summary of the season. I had to step away from it for a day, but I’m glad that you got to the nub of the year..

    Your second paragraph is a concise wrap-up. Thanks, for your comment; nicely done.


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