Oral Roberts shocks Ohio State in massive March Madness upset
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The first Cinderella of the 2021 NCAA Tournament has stamped its slipper.
Oral Roberts, with its modest 16-10 record and 15th seed in the South Region, stunned No. 2 seeded Ohio State 75-72 in overtime Friday in West Lafayette, Indiana.
It was Oral Roberts’ first NCAA Tournament victory since 1974 and sixth consecutive win this season. They are the ninth No. 15 seed ever to beat a No. 2 seed.
The Golden Eagles’ shocker sends them to Sunday’s second round matchup against Florida, which defeated Virginia Tech earlier in the day.
Oral Roberts was led by Kevin Obanor’s 30 points, 20 of which came in the second half, and 11 rebounds. Max Abmas scored 29 points for the Golden Eagles.
Ohio State was led by E.J. Liddell’s 23 points and 12 rebounds. Liddell sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer just before the buzzer in regulation. Duane Washington scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds.
Ohio State was victimized by poor free-throw shooting, making only 9-of-18 in the game.
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