2010 NCAA Tournament Recap
Ohio State Sweet Sixteen Bound
After having arguably his worst game of the season on Friday night, Evan Turner bounced back with one of those box score filling games we have become accustomed to seeing from the Buckeye star.
Turner’s 24 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists helped Ohio State advance to the Sweet Sixteen with a 75-66 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the No. 2 seeded Buckeyes (29-7) will square off against the No. 6 seeded Tennessee Volunteers in St. Louis on Friday night for the Midwest Regional semifinal.
Ohio State got another superb outside shooting performance from Jon Diebler who hit countless long range shots in the second half on his way to 20 points.
Also providing a spark for the Buckeyes, David Lighty contributed a workman-like 18 points while offering gritty plays at both ends of the floor.
At the start of the game, Georgia Tech’s full court press gave the Buckeyes trouble as the Yellow Jackets length and athleticism forced four turnovers within the first five minutes. Ohio State could not get any good looks making just one of their first seven shots as they found themselves in a 10-2 hole.
The Buckeyes would then go on a run to take their first lead of the game at 18-16 with Turner breaking the press, finding some easy buckets for himself and Lighty.
Turner found Lighty for an easy dunk to close out the half leading 28-26. The duo would combine for 23 of those 28 first half points.
With the Turner and Lighty carrying the load in the first half, Diebler and William Buford would step up in the second half as Ohio State outscored Georgia Tech 37-24 to take a commanding 65-50 lead with less than five minutes remaining. Diebler and Buford combined for 26 of those 37 points.
Trailing by 15 points, Georgia Tech then increased their defensive pressure and was able to cut the lead to just five points with 1:37 left in the game.
However, Ohio State protected the ball down the stretch and converted on their free-throws on their way to a nine point victory.
With the No. 1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks losing, the Buckeyes are the highest seed remaining in the Midwest Regional.
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