by Maria Gerbic
University of Dayton delivered today with a shocking 60-59 upset against Ohio State. The game left those who watched on the edge of their seats, with the score never more than 3 points apart. Vee Sanford made the winning bank shot with 3.8 seconds left in the game. This major upset ended Aaron Craft’s college career when his last second attempt bounced off the rim.
OSU was winning 5-0 early on in the game, but UD eventually settled in and was up 33-30 at halftime. With 26.3 seconds left in the game, DyShawn Pierre was fouled by OSU’s Shannon Scott and sunk all three free-throws, putting UD up 58-57. Craft put OSU in the lead again with 15.5 seconds left in the game, and the Flyers decided to take a time out with 10 seconds left. Sanford said that during the time-out UD coach Archie Miller simply told him to go straight to the basket. “The floor opened up and I saw it,” Sanford commented after the game. “At the end of the day, it’s the same game whether you’re playing in the backyard or the NCAA Tournament.” Sanford dove right past Buckeye defense and sunk the bank shot. Aaron Craft lay on his back in disappointment after the buzzer went off, while the Flyers jumped up and down in celebration. After his disappointing loss, Aaron Craft said, “I just wanted to do everything I could to help our team win, and down the stretch I couldn’t do that today. I can take the blame for that.”
11-seeded UD’s upset devastated the Buckeyes and busted brackets. Statistics show that only 19.7% of the 11 million brackets had UD as the winner. March Madness has only just begun and there have already been several upsets, UD’s along with No. 12 Harvard’s 61-57 defeat against No. 5 Cincinatti. UD will play the winner of 3rd seeded Syracuse and 13th seeded Western Michigan this Saturday.