WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (KXAN) — The first major domino of the NCAA Tournament has fallen with No. 15 seed Oral Roberts’ upset victory in overtime against No. 2 seed Ohio State Friday.
Oral Roberts got more than 85% of its scoring from just two players in the 75-72 win from Purdue University’s Mackey Arena.
Duane Washington Jr. had a great look to attempt to get the Buckeyes to a second overtime, but his 3-point shot clanged off the rim as time expired.
Kevin Obanor scored 30 and Max Abmas scored 29 points for ORU. Both players are Texas natives — Obanor from Houston and Abmas from Rockwall.
The Golden Eagles are just the ninth No. 15 seed to take down a No. 2 seed in the first round during the modern era of the tournament. This is the first win by a No. 15 seed since 2016 when Middle Tennessee defeated Michigan State in Oklahoma City.
Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the South Region, which features No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 6 seed Texas Tech. Oral Roberts will play No. 7 seed Florida Sunday in the second round of the tournament.
No. 15 seed upsets over No. 2 seed (NCAA.com)
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