Ohio St. 86, Cleveland St. 80
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Grady Mateen hit two free throws with 19 seconds left and added a last- second basket in Ohio State’s 86-80 victory over Cleveland State in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament Tuesday night.
Ohio State, which advances to the NIT quarterfinals with an 18-12 record, trailed by 10 points midway through the second half and came back to take its own 10-point lead with less than four minutes remaining.
After Ohio State took a 79-69 lead on a drive by Curtis Wilson with 4:12 to go, Cleveland State, 22-8, scored the next eight points to draw to 79-77 with 2:48 left.
Wilson, who finished with 13 points to go with his 10 assists, then hit three free throws over the 1 1/2 minutes for an 82-77 lead with 1:19 left. Ray Foster countered with a free throw and a basket for the Vikings to cut Ohio State’s lead to 82-80 with 26 seconds to go. But Mateen was fouled with 19 seconds remaining and hit both free throws to make it 84-80.
After a Cleveland State miss, Perry Carter rebounded and threw a pass the length of the court to Mateen, who hit a 10-foot jump shot as the buzzer sounded.
Ken McFadden led Cleveland State with 32 points, including 19 in the first half as the Vikings took a 42-38 lead. William Stanley added 19 points for Cleveland State, which finished second in the Association of Mid-Continent Universities.
Ohio State has won all three meetings in the intrastate rivalry.
Jay Burson led Ohio State with 22 points, while Jerry Francis had 21, Carter 14 points and 14 rebounds, Wilson 13 points and Mateen 10 points.
The victory improved Ohio State, which won the NIT two years ago, to 13-3 at home for the season, including another NIT victory over Old Dominion.