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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Top-seeded Ohio State routs George Mason 98-66

Ohio State's David Lighty, left, celebrates a 3-point shot by William Buford, right, in the second half of an East regional NCAA college basketball tournament third-round game against George Mason on Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Cleveland.

Ohio State's David Lighty, left, celebrates a 3-point shot by William Buford, right, in the second half of an East regional NCAA college basketball tournament third-round game against George Mason on Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Cleveland.

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— David Lighty made all seven of his 3-pointers and scored 25 points, freshman Jared Sullinger added 18 after informing one of George Mason's players "it's over" and top-seeded Ohio State made 16 3s to advance in the NCAA tournament with a jaw-dropping 98-66 win Sunday.

With thousands of fans chanting "O-H-I-O" at every opportunity, the Buckeyes (34-2) took apart the Patriots (27-7), who created some March mayhem a few years ago and hoped to follow Butler's lead by taking out a No. 1 seed in this tourney.

Ohio State wrecked any upset plans and moved closer to its first national title since 1960. The Buckeyes will meet Kentucky (27-8) in the East regional semifinals Friday in Newark, N.J.

After falling behind 11-2, the Big Ten champions used their devastating inside-outside attack to post the most lopsided tournament victory in school history.

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