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Ohio State survives in overtime

The Associated Press

Ohio State thought Greg Oden was its best shot at a national championship. Turns out it was Ron Lewis, and in the nick of time.

Lewis hit a long-range 3-pointer with two seconds left to force overtime, and the top-seeded Buckeyes rallied from a late 11-point deficit to beat Xavier 78-71 in overtime.

Ohio State trailed 55-44 with 71/2 minutes left, and was still down 59-50 with 3:49 left. When Oden fouled out with a hard shove after the Buckeyes kept missing in the last 10 seconds, they looked lost.

Xavier (25-9) then made of one of two foul shots for a 62-59 lead, giving Ohio State its last chance. Lewis came down and, with two defenders flying at him, swished the tying 3-pointer.

Texas A&M 72, Louisville 69: A hostile crowd. A big shot. A season on the line.

All in a day’s work for Acie Law.

The Texas A&M point guard whose cool demeanor earned him the nickname “Captain Clutch,” did it again. Law took over late and led the Aggies past Louisville.

The third-seeded Aggies (27-6) reached the round of 16 for the first time in 27 years, surviving a raucous Rupp Arena crowd to face the winner of Nevada and Memphis.

Rick Pitino’s Cardinals had their chances, too. Especially Edgar Sosa.

Sosa scored 31 points but, after going 15-for-15 from the foul line, missed two free throws with 30 seconds left and Louisville trailing by a point.

East Regional

Georgetown 62, Boston College 55: In the heart of Atlantic Coast Conference country, Georgetown and Boston College got together for some old-fashioned, bruising Big East basketball.

With 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green clogging the middle, the Hoyas took another step toward their return to the top of college basketball at the expense of a former conference rival.

With most the North Carolina crowd rooting for the Eagles, who bolted the Big East for the ACC two years ago, the Hoyas pulled away late by dominating the inside.

Hibbert scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and added 12 rebounds, and leading scorer Green overcame a poor shooting night to convert two three-point plays in the final two minutes as coach John Thompson III and the Hoyas (28-6) advanced to the round of 16 for the second straight year.

Second-seeded Georgetown, which had missed the tournament for four straight years until last season, will play Vanderbilt on Friday at East Rutherford, N.J.

West Regional

Pittsburgh 84, VCU 79, OT: Eric Maynor and his Virginia Commonwealth teammates spent all of their energy forcing overtime. Levance Fields and Pittsburgh took over from there.

Fields atoned for two missed free throws at the end of the regulation and Pitt recovered after blowing a 19-point lead.

Maynor, who hit the game-winning shot to beat Duke in the first round, led a comeback from a 51-32 deficit. Fields made a clutch 3-pointer in overtime and Ronald Ramon scored five points in the extra session.

Third-seeded Pitt (29-7), which has never won more than two games in an NCAA tournament, will make its fourth appearance in school history in the round of 16 and will play UCLA.

Midwest Regional

Butler 62, Maryland 59: Butler can shed the mid-major label. A.J. Graves and company proved the Bulldogs can play with anyone — including Maryland.

Graves scored 19 points, including a clutch 3-point basket with 2:09 remaining to lift the Bulldogs over Maryland.

Butler (29-6), the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Regional, advances to the round of 16 for the second time in school history.

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