D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 28 points as No. 10-seeded Ohio State beat seventh-seeded VCU 75-72 in overtime in a NCAA Tournament opener.
Here is an instant reaction on the game from BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart.
The star: D’Angelo Russell played as good as advertised, scoring 28 points in the overtime win vs. VCU. Russell hit 10-of-20 shots and had six rebounds. Ohio State trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before making a 16-5 run to cut VCU’s lead to 30-29 at intermission. Russell and the Buckeyes eventually got a handle on the Rams’ “havoc” defensive pressure, time and again getting to the hoop for easy baskets. A switch to a zone defense helped fuel the Buckeye surge. OSU eventually held the lead in the second half and prevailed in overtime.
The stat: Ohio State struggled from the free-throw line, hitting just 13-of-22…
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