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No. 13 seed Ohio beats USF 62-56 in NCAA tourney

By Beth Rucker

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 18 2012 7:40 p.m. MDT

Ohio guard D.J. Cooper (5) gets tangled with South Florida guard Anthony Collins (11) in the first half of a third-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

Donn Jones, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Walter Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and No. 13 seed Ohio beat South Florida 62-56 on Sunday night 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 while 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).

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