The 2014 NCAA Tournament got kicked off in a big way on Thursday in the only fashion it knows how–with an upset as the 11th-seed in the South Region, the Dayton Flyers, were able to take down the sixth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes 60-59 in Buffalo.
With six seconds left on the clock and down by one, Dayton’s Vee Sanford made the jumper that would eventually be the game-winner as Ohio States’ Aaron Craft couldn’t get the final prayer shot to go in, effectively ending the Buckeyes’ season.
Dyshawn Pierre led the way in the upset for the Flyers, dropping in 12 points and adding in eight rebounds. Devin Oliver was also a force, finishing up with 11 points and four rebounds.
With the loss, the storied career of Craft has now come to an end, but he didn’t go down without a fight, as is expected from him. The senior finished his final game with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists, he just couldn’t get one last shot to drop in.
Dayton now advances in the South Region and will play the winner of Syracuse and Western Michigan, which is up next in Buffalo.