COL BKB: Ohio State 73, Gonzaga 66

March 17, 2012 at 5:44 PM

PITTSBURGH, March 17 (UPI) -- Deshaun Thomas scored 18 points Saturday, sparking Ohio State to a 73-66 triumph over Gonzaga in an NCAA Tournament East Region contest.

Thomas -- who was coming off a 31-point performance in the second round -- hauled down seven rebounds while Jared Sullinger added 18 points, including two key baskets late, for the No. 2 seed Buckeyes (29-7).

Aaron Craft supplied 17 points and 10 assists as Ohio State advanced to play the winner of Sunday's contest between Florida State and Cincinnati in the East Region semifinals.

Seventh-seeded Gonzaga (26-7) was led by Gary Bell Jr. with 18 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Elias Harris contributed 16 points and seven rebounds in the Bulldogs' loss.

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