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Wichita State upsets Ohio State 70-66; heads to Final Four

9:01 PM, Mar 30, 2013   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES -- Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.

Van Vleet scored 12 points as the Shockers (30-8) followed up last week's win over top-ranked Gonzaga with a nail-biting victory over the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-8), whose 11-game winning streak ended one game short of their second straight Final Four.

Wichita State roared to a 20-point lead with 11 minutes to play after Ohio State played an awful first half, but LaQuinton Ross scored 15 of his 19 points after halftime, leading a ferocious rally to within three points in the final minutes.

Ohio State entered the game riding an 11-game winning streak. The Buckeyes hadn't lost since mid-February. But they were tense early. And Wichita State exploited their struggles.

Associated Press

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