published Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Wichita State upsets OSU 70-66 for Final Four trip

Wichita State guard Malcolm Armstead, right, works Saturday against Ohio State guard Aaron Craft (4) during their West Regional final in the NCAA tournament in Los Angeles.
Wichita State guard Malcolm Armstead, right, works Saturday against Ohio State guard Aaron Craft (4) during their West Regional final in the NCAA tournament in Los Angeles.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

LOS ANGELES — Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.

Van Vleet scored 12 points as the Shockers (30-8) followed up last week’s win over top-ranked Gonzaga with a nail-biting victory over the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-8), whose 11-game winning streak ended one game short of their second straight Final Four.

Wichita State roared to a 20-point lead with 11 minutes to play after Ohio State played an awful first half, but LaQuinton Ross scored 15 of his 19 points after halftime, leading a ferocious rally to within three points in the final minutes.

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