Ohio U. 62, South Florida 56
NASHVILLE, TENN. | Walter Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and No. 13 seed Ohio defeated South Florida to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Midwest regional semifinals.
The Bobcats (29-7) will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in their second trip to the regional semifinals.
Ohio trailed by two when Offutt swished a 3-pointer, launching a 10-0 run for the Bobcats. A pair of free throws by Cooper made it 54-46 with 3:28 left.
The Bobcats had a 59-53 lead when Toarlyn Fitzpatrick connected for South Florida’s first 3-pointer of the half. But Cooper went 3 for 4 from the line, and the Bulls missed three shots in the final 36 seconds.
Victor Rudd Jr. and Anthony Collins both scored 13 points for the Bulls (22-14).
Outfielder Bryce Harper batted .318 for Single-a Hagerstown and .256 for Double-a Harrisburg during the 2011 season.