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Ohio State hits late 3-pointer to beat Iowa State

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  • Iowa State forward Georges Niang squats on the floor as Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas (1) and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (32) celebrate Sunday in the final moments of Ohio State's 78-75 win in a third-round game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio.

      Iowa State forward Georges Niang squats on the floor as Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas (1) and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (32) celebrate Sunday in the final moments of Ohio State's 78-75 win in a third-round game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Aaron Craft hit a 3-pointer with a half-second left, and Ohio State escaped Dayton -- a place of heartaches -- as the lone high seed left in the NCAA tournament's wild West Regional, beating Iowa State 78-75 on Sunday.

No. 2 Ohio State (28-7) needed Craft's only 3-pointer of the game -- an arching shot over 6-foot-7 defender Georges Niang from the top of the key -- to avoid yet another upset in the West. Four of the top five seeds have fallen fast and hard in that most-busted bracket.

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The Buckeyes' 10th straight win sends them into the round of 16 for the fourth straight year, a school record. They'll play sixth-seeded Arizona on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Tenth-seeded Iowa State (23-12) overcame a late 13-point deficit by hitting 3s -- the Cyclones' specialty -- but wound up beaten by Craft's lone basket from behind the arc.

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