Oral Roberts Shocks Ohio State In Great March Madness

The first Cinderella of the 2021 NCAA Tournament has stamped her slipper.

Oral Roberts, with his modest 16-10 record and 15th in the Southern Region, upset No. 2 seed Ohio State 75-72 in overtime Friday in West Lafayette, Indiana.

It was Oral Roberts’ first victory in an NCAA tournament since 1974 and the sixth consecutive victory this season. They are the ninth No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 seed.

The Golden Eagles’ surprise sends them into 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 EJ Liddell’s 23 points and 12 rebounds. Liddell sent the game into extra time with a 3-pointer just before the bell rang in regulation time. Duane Washington scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds.

Ohio State was the victim of a poor free throw, with just 9 of 18 left in the game.


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