LaQuinton Ross' late 3 sends Ohio St past Arizona

LaQuinton Ross' late 3 sends Ohio St past Arizona

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: LaQuinton Ross #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes makes a three-pointer over Grant Jerrett #33 of the Arizona Wildcats in the final seconds during the West Regional of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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by Greg Beacham, Associated Press

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- LaQuinton Ross hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the brink of its second straight Final Four appearance with a 73-70 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals.

Ross, the Buckeyes' remarkable reserve, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7), who rallied from an early 11-point deficit and weathered the sixth-seeded Wildcats' late charge for their 11th consecutive victory since mid-February.

Deshaun Thomas scored 20 points for Ohio State, and Aaron Craft added 13 before ceding the Buckeyes' final shot to Ross. Craft hit an awfully similar 3-pointer against Iowa State last Sunday to send the Buckeyes forward.

Mark Lyons' acrobatic three-point play for the Wildcats (27-8) had tied it with 21.8 seconds left.

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