The game was tied at 66 at the end of regulation. On a play similar to that Brandon Ashley - David Kravish scrum in the Pac-12 Tournament, Jae'Sean Tate fouled out for OSU with 12 points and nine rebounds. The game was tied at 68 at that point.
But in the next three possessions, VCU turned the ball over twice, letting Ohio State slip away.
The game was close early, but the Rams were able to take advantage of some costly turnovers by Ohio State midway through the first half, putting the Buckeyes down by 12 at one point. OSU also missed eleven-straight shots in that time frame.
A 16-5 run over the final six and a half minutes of the first half by OSU brought the Buckeyes within one heading into the locker room. VCU led 30-29 at the break. D'Angelo Russell led all scorers with 12.
"I thought the more aggressive team was the better team," VCU head coach Shaka Smart said at halftime. "We have to get back to being the aggressors."
Well, the Rams definitely were not the aggressors at the start of the second half, as OSU went on a 10-0 run early in the period to take a 42-37 lead.
But sharp-shooter Doug Brooks would not let VCU go quietly. The Rams' sophomore scored 12-straight points on four three-point attempts for his team, putting them ahead 48-47 with 12 minutes left.
It was back-and-forth the rest of the way through the second half, highlighted by a flagrant foul committed against Russell that left the Buckeye bloodied.
HOW DARE YOU, VCU pic.twitter.com/o1n7C796Xn— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) March 19, 2015
Only three total field goals were made over the final three minutes of regulation, leading to overtime.
Ohio State will meet Arizona in the Round of 32 on Saturday in Portland. Certainly the main talking point of that game will be the freshmen showdown between Russell and Stanley Johnson.
Freshman scoring record: D'Angelo Russell would finish with 28 points, breaking Ohio State's freshman single-season scoring record, which was set by Michael Redd in 1998. It was also the most points ever scored by an OSU freshman in a single NCAA Tournament game.
And he didn't end up making this shot, but check out this move Russell made in OT.
Rebounding: VCU actually out-rebounded OSU 37-32, 13-8 on the offensive glass. That's a good sign for Arizona heading into Saturday's game.
Free throws: Another good sign for Arizona is that the Buckeyes shot 13-22 from the free throw line. The Wildcats were 22-27 in their game against Texas Southern.
I think Arizona matches up really well with Ohio State. They'll obviously have to play better on the defensive end than they did on Thursday, but the players know that as well. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gave himself a C+ for his effort against the Tigers. He said it would have been an A if they had held TX Southern to 45 points.
Look for Arizona to step up its defensive effort Saturday, and for the Wildcats to shut down Russell in a similar way that they shut down Joseph Young three times this year.