Aaron Craft Finds Redemption As Buckeyes Beat Iowa State On Final-Second Shot

The hero of Sunday’s game played one of his worst four-minute stretches of the season,wholesale nfl jersey committing two turnovers, missing the front end of two one-and-ones, and getting blown by on a drive. As Aaron Craft, on his way to playing the full 40 minutes on this Round of 32 encounter with Iowa State, tired and made atypically sloppy mistakes, the Cyclones surged, a 13-point deficit disappearing on what felt like no more than two blinks of an eye. Ohio State’s bedrock was crumbling, and so was its season.

But two things became very certain in the aftermath of the Buckeyes’ eventual, pulsating, 79-76 win over the Cyclones, earned on the hitchy flick of Craft’s wrist from 21 feet away with half a second left. Neither will surprise you. Craft has the mental toughness to forget about mistakes, and his teammates and coaches trust him, absolutely and implicitly, to make the right decision with everything on the line.

“We got all the confidence NBA Jerseys Wholesale in the world in Craft,” said sophomore wing Sam Thompson. “They put pressure a little bit, they started keying on him, he missed a couple free throws, I think he picked up a foul off the ball. But we know that Craft is a great competitor, a great player, and eventually he’s going to pick himself back up.”

Craft emerged from his in-game slump just in time to help stave off the rampaging Cyclones, who were gamely making their run without standout Chris Babb, who injured his ankle before halftime and missed the entire second half. His driving layup and-1 with 2:35 left ended a 17-2 Cyclone run. The charge he drew on Iowa State’s Will Clyburn — a highly debatable call given Craft may have been late sliding in and he appeared to have a foot still in the charge circle — nullified a potential three-point play with 1:41 left and kept the Buckeyes within one. And, after Craft made one of two free throws to tie, he found the game Cheap Jersey in his hands, in an eerily similar spot to just seconds before.