Tulsa — Kaleb Wesson had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 11th-seeded Buckeyes to a 62-59 upset of sixth-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest Region on Friday night.
Keyshawn Woods added 19 points for Ohio State (20-14), which will play No. 3 seed Houston on Sunday for a spot in the round of 16. Musa Jallow added 11 points for Ohio State.
Iowa State (23-12) led just once in the second half but had a chance to send the game into overtime when Nick Weiler-Babb had an open attempt at a game-tying 3. His shot missed and ended the season for the Cyclones, who had won the Big 12 Tournament to earn a spot in the NCAAs.
Buckeye’s Head coach Chris Holtmann said Iowa State’s offense is as good as any, and it was challenging to hold them to 59 points.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said, “We just weren’t good enough tonight, We still had opportunities down the stretch. We couldn’t get it done. I hate it for these guys because the finale came a lot quicker than I was thinking. I really thought we had a chance to do something.”
Marial Shayok scored 23 points and Lindell Wigginton added 14 for Iowa State.