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NCAA Bracket 2012, Cincinnati Vs. Ohio State Score: Buckeyes Win 81-66, Advance to Elite Eight

The Ohio St. Buckeyes gave up a 12-point halftime lead to Cincinnati Bearcats in the second half of Thursday, at one point falling behind 49-45 after the Bearcats went on a 19-6 run. The Buckeyes bounced back in full form, however, responding with a 17-1 run over a 6:34 stretch to seize control of the game. With an 81-66 win, the Buckeyes advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

DeShaun Thomas scored 20 points in the first half for OSU, but went quiet in the second half, scoring six points to finish with 26 total. Jared Sullinger picked up the slack, however, leading all players with 11 rebounds in addition to 23 points.

The Buckeyes' defense dominated, recording 13 steals (six by Aaron Craft) on their way to forcing 18 Bearcat turnovers. Cincinnati shot well, going 46.4 percent from the field. Cashmere Wright led the Bearcats on a scorching performance from beyond the arc, going 4-for-6 from long range to help the team shoot 9-for-23 from 3-point range for the game. Wright led Cincinnati with 18 points, but the team ultimately fell well short of pulling out the win.

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