NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- First a share of the Big East regular-season championship and now a trip to the "Sweet 16."
Johnny Hemsley scored 24 points as sixth-seeded Miami advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time in school history with a 75-62 victory over Ohio State in a South Region contest.
Hemsley hit two 3-pointers to ignite a decisive 14-1 run late in the second half as the Hurricanes' defense took over down the stretch. Miami opened a 63-51 cushion on Elton Tyler's jumper with 3:18 left.
Tyler contributed 20 points and nine rebounds for the Hurricanes (23-10), who have won eight of their last nine games, with the only defeat a 58-57 setback to St. John's in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
Miami continued the trend of upsets in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, sending the Big Ten regular-season co-champion to the sidelines. Ohio State (23-7) was trying to return to the Final Four after losing to eventual champion Connecticut in last year's national semifinals.
All three tops seeds in the South Region were eliminated today as No. 1 Stanford lost to North Carolina and No. 2 Cincinnati went down to Tulsa.
On Saturday, the West Region also lost its top three seeds -- Arizona, St. John's and Oklahoma.
Ohio State closed within 68-61 on Brian Brown's two foul shots, but Miami put away the game by scoring its final seven points from the foul line. The Hurricanes became the third Big East team to reach the "Sweet 16," joining Syracuse and Seton Hall.
Miami held Ohio State to just 36 percent (20-of-56) shooting and made life difficult for the Buckeyes' talented backcourt tandem of Sconnie Penn and Michael Redd.
Penn scored 19 points and Redd added 13, but the two were a combined 12-of-31 from the field and earned every point they got.
Miami shot 51 percent (26-of-51), led by Hemsley, who hit 4-of-9 3-pointers. The Hurricanes overcame 21 turnovers with their pressure defense and were able to control tempo by turning the contest into a halfcourt game.
Ohio State opened a 27-20 lead on Redd's 14-footer with 7:05 left in the first half, but Miami closed with a 16-4 run to take a 36-31 edge at the break.
The Hurricanes stretched their advantage to 38-31 on Mario Bland's layup 16 seconds into the second half before George Reese hit two foul shots for Ohio State to tie it, 50-50, with 10:56 left.
Hemsley answered with a 3-pointer to give the Hurricanes the lead for good. After Reese hit 1-of-2 from the line, Hemsley drilled another 3-pointer to make it 56-51 and trigger a 10-0 spurt that enabled the Hurricanes to take control.