Bradley scores 18, No. 17 SD St ( News Hawaii )

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Matt Bradley scored 18 points in the final minutes and helped No. No. 17 San Diego State rallied from a slow start to beat Ohio State 88-77 Monday night in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

Lamont Butler and Micah Parrish each had 15 points and Adam Seiko added 14 for the Aztecs (4-0).

Sean McNeil scored 20 of his 22 points in the middle for Ohio State (3-1), which is playing for the first time this season from Columbus. Brice Sensabuagh scored 17 and Bruce Thornton 13.

Ohio State threatened to turn the momentum three times in the final minutes but the Aztecs answered each moment.

Tanner made Holden dark and offended by Bradley, which he decided was significant. He made both free throws to pull the Buckeyes to 80-72. Sensabaugh made one of two free throws for the Buckeyes before Parrish drained a 3 to give the Doztecs a double-digit lead.

Bradley fouled out with 2:53 left and Thornton made both free throws to pull the Buckeyes to within 83-75.

SDSU’s Darrion Trammell then made a two-pointer with 1:49 left

In a crazy series with more than 13 minutes left, the Buckeyes closed to within four points but then saw SDSU cut the lead back to double digits. Sensabaugh made a 3-pointer and fouled off the play, allowing the Buckeyes to keep the ball, and McNeil made a layup to pull OSU to 51-47.

But the Aztecs came back to within eight points with less than a minute to jump ahead 59-47. Parrisha had consecutive 3s and Butler had a steal and fed Aguek Arop for a layup. The Aztecs extended their run to 17-5 in the 3rd quarter by Seiko.

Bradley made 4 of 6 3-pointers, including one to start the second half for a 40-26 lead. He scored 10 points in the first half, when the Aztecs missed their first eight shots and fell behind 5-0 before Seiko made a layup with about five minutes left to get SDSU on the board. Bradley began to heat up, hitting two 3-pointers.

Seiko and Lamont Butler also hit big 3s to help the Aztecs to a 37-26 halftime lead.

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Ohio State: Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann welcomed 10 newcomers this year, including six first-year players. It opened with easy, double-digit home wins against Robert Morris, Charleston Southern and Eastern Illinois.

San Diego State: This is perhaps the Aztecs’ deepest and most skilled team and has shown it again. All nine Aztecs who played scored and had at least one rebound.


Ohio State lost the night cap between Cincinnati and No. 14 Arizona will play.

San Diego State will play the winner of the Cincinnati-Arizona game.


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