Bradley scores 18, No. 17 SD St beats Ohio St 88-77 in Maui

Bradley scores 18, No. 17 SD St beats Ohio St 88-77 in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) – Matt Bradley scored 18 points before fouling out in the final minutes and helped No. 17 San Diego State rally 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 second half for Ohio State (3-1), which was playing away from Columbus for the first time this season. Brice Sensabuagh scored 17 and Bruce Thornton 13.

Ohio State threatened to swing the momentum three times in the final minutes, but the Aztecs answered each time.

Tanner Holden dunked and was fouled by Bradley, which was ruled flagrant. He made both free throws to put the Buckeyes up 80-72. Sensabaugh made one of two free throws for the Buckeyes before Parrish drained a 3 to give the Aztecs a double-digit lead.

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

SDSU’s Darrion Trammell made two free throws with 1:49 left

In a crazy sequence with more than 13 minutes left, the Buckeyes closed to four points, but then saw SDSU extend the lead to double digits. Sensabaugh made a 3-pointer and there was a foul away from the play that allowed the Buckeyes to keep the ball, and McNeil made a jumper to pull OSU within 51-47.

But the Aztecs again scored eight points in less than a minute to take a 59-47 lead. Parrish had straight 3s and Butler made a steal and fed Aguek Arop for a layup. The Aztecs extended the lead to 17-5 with a 3-pointer by Seiko.

Bradley made 4 of 6 3-pointers, including one to start the second half with 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 jumper around the five-minute mark to get SDSU on the board. Bradley began to heat up, including hitting two 3-pointers.

Seiko and Lamont Butler also made big threes to help the Aztecs take a 37-26 halftime lead.


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

San Diego State: This is arguably the deepest and most experienced team on the Aztecs and they proved it again. All nine Aztecs who played scored and had at least one rebound.


Ohio State will play the loser of the nightcap between Cincinnati and No. 14 Arizona.

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


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