COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Jordan Woodard had 16 points and a steal that set up Buddy Hield for a layup to give Oklahoma a lead it never relinquished as the Sooners locked down the Flyers, quieted their fans and advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament with a 72-66 victory Sunday.
Sooners coach Lon Kruger became the second coach to take four schools to the round of 16. Third-seeded Oklahoma (24-10) will play Michigan State on Friday at the East Regional in Syracuse, New York.
The Flyers (27-9) came up a victory short of their second straight trip to the Sweet Sixteen as an 11th seed.
Hield scored 15 points, including a layup off a feed from Woodard at 5:56 that made it 57-56. Oklahoma rallied with its defense, holding Dayton scoreless for 9:04 and without a basket for 10:32 in the second half.
Scoochie Smith led Dayton with 16 points.