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COL BKB: Ohio 62, South Florida 56

March 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

NASHVILLE, March 18 (UPI) -- Walter Offutt's 21 points Sunday helped Ohio advance to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 for the first time since 1964 with a 62-56 win over South Florida.

The Bobcats (29-7) became the first No. 13 seed to reach the round of 16 since Bradley in 2006. They did it with a big contribution from D.J. Cooper, who provided 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Ohio will now face top-seeded North Carolina in Friday's Midwest Regional semifinal game.

Twelfth-seeded South Florida (22-14) fell despite 13 points and 10 rebounds from Victor Rudd Jr.

Anthony Collins also contributed 13 points and Augustus Gilchrist provided 12 and five rebounds in the Bulls' loss.

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