Canadian Dyshawn Pierre leads Dayton to upset win over Ohio State

Whitby, Ont.'s Dyshawn Pierre scored 12 points as he led Dayton to an upset over Ohio State on...

Whitby, Ont.'s Dyshawn Pierre scored 12 points as he led Dayton to an upset over Ohio State on Thursday. (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

BUFFALO - It didn’t take long for an upset to happen at the NCAA Tournament and a Canadian was at the centre of it all.

Whitby’s Dyshawn Pierre, a starting forward with the Dayton Flyers, a No. 11 seed out of the Atlantic 10 Conference, knocked off the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes, a No. 6 seed, 60-59 on Thursday.

Pierre was arguably the best player on the floor in a first half that saw the Flyers cling to a one-point lead and then came through at the most crucial stretch of the biggest game of his career.

After Ohio State had battled back from a seven-point deficit to take the lead by a bucket, Pierre was fouled on a three-point attempt with just 26 seconds remaining and coolly drilled all three free throws. That ended up being the difference after each team made one more bucket before the buzzer.

Pierre finished with a team-best 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds, along with a couple of assists.


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