It was setup to be one of the most anticipated matchups of the Tournament. With stars Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, Dave Lighty, Patrick O’Bryant and Marcellus Sommerville this game was set to be an instant classic.
However, Sullinger and the boys from Ohio State weren’t trying to have it that way as Sullinger’s 11 first-half points and dominance on the boards was enough to create some separation between the two teams in the first-half.
Nursing an eight point half-time lead, Always a Brave would capitalize out of the gate as they would cut the lead to two with about 16 minutes left in the second half. Though, an 11-0 run by the Scarlet and Gray would really blow the lead open as they would extend their lead to 17.
Looking like they were going to close the game out with ease, Always A Brave wasn’t letting up as they would cut the lead to five with under two minutes to go. Though Scarlet and Gray would prevail under the help of Sullinger and Aaron Craft who both had 21 points.
The Golden Eagles are one of the most historical and tight-knit groups in the Tournament, which is why they earned the number one overall seed out of the Midwest. Though, they had the experience and the great leadership with head coach Wesley Matthews, they unfortunately had to go up against the explosive guard Jacob Pullen.
A standout guard who thrived at Kansas State didn’t fail to impress Saturday as despite only eight first-half points, Pullen turned it up in the second half. Controlling the lead for the majority of the second-half, Purple and Black appeared to be on their way to pulling off the upset. However, a 6-0 run by the Golden Eagles, turned the game right around as they re-gained the lead.
The Golden Eagles wouldn’t look back as they would cruise to a 84-77 victory.