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…