LOS ANGELES -- On Thursday night, LaQuinton Ross finally felt like a hero.
The sophomore hit the biggest shot in the biggest game of his life. His 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds to play -- a few feet behind the line -- sealed Ohio State's 73-70 victory over Arizona at Staples Center and sent the Buckeyes to the Elite Eight.
He was mobbed by his frenzied teammates immediately following that critical bucket. He was serenaded by the Buckeyes fans who traveled to the West Coast for the game.
"I'd like to credit my coaches for the play," Ross said after the win. "It was similar to the play we ran last game. … It so happened they messed up on the switch right there, and I was able to knock down the shot."
It was a fitting conclusion. Ross scored 17 points in his team's Sunday win over Iowa State in the round of 32. He'd gained so much confidence in recent weeks that he challenged former NBA all-star and broadcaster Reggie Miller to a 3-point contest on Wednesday.
"I think I'm going to try to make him come out of retirement and shoot a little bit," he said.
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