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Early dose of March Madness arrives as FAU upsets Ohio State

Owls pull out an OT thriller against Buckeyes in Columbus

NCAA Basketball: Florida Atlantic at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

There was a dog pile in Columbus for the second time in three weeks.

This time was not because of J.T. Barrett’s late game heroics; but instead because Florida Atlantic roped a stunning upset.

The C-USA squad - which had just one Div. I win coming into the game - pulled off one of the most improbable wins of the season with a 79-77 victory. Nick Rutherford hit a running floater with seconds remaining in overtime to seal the win.

Thad Matta’s squad came into the game 7-1, with the lone loss coming to No. 6 Virginia by just two points.

Tonight was a different story.

FAU came back from an 11-point deficit and rallied to force overtime. The Buckeyes dealt with foul trouble and shot just 20 percent from three, compared to 40 percent for FAU.

Trevor Thompson led the Buckeyes with 16 points but fouled out with the game on the line. Kam Williams was inefficient as a playmaker, shooting 2-for-11. Jae’Sean Tate played well but did not take the reins to bring in the win tonight.

Meanwhile, Adonis Filer played the game of his life for FAU.

The senior scored 23 points off five threes while starring on defense with three steals. A balanced attack kept the Owls in rhythm considering they had four starters with 10 points or more. Aditionally, Ronald Delph’s defense in the paint was incredible. He had 10 rebounds, but seemed to be in on every play.

This was a massive win for Michael Curry in his third season at FAU. He and the Owls have another big opportunity in their next game against Miami on Dec. 16.