Buckeyes Blasted In Maui Invitational Opener

San Diego State broke open a tie game at halftime and cruised to an easy 83-61 win over Ohio State in a first-round game at the Maui Invitational Monday night.

Ohio State's season opening loss at San Francisco on Friday night was apparently not a fluke.

The Buckeyes followed up that 11-point defeat by stumbling their way to an 83-61 defeat at the hands of San Diego State in an opening round game at the Maui Invitational.

Ohio State (0-2) committed 23 turnovers in the game, which was marred by 50 foul calls. SDSU (2-0) outscored Ohio State 51-31 in the second half after the teams were tied at 32-32 at halftime.

This game was lost in the backcourt. SDSU freshman Brandon Heath poured in a game-high 28 points, while point guard Wesley Stokes, a transfer from Missouri, had 22.

The Aztecs buried a school-record 13 threes, hitting 13 of 22 from behind the arc. Heath was 5 of 6 on threes, while Stokes was 4 of 6.

Freshman Ivan Harris came off the bench and hit 6 of 8 shots from the floor, including a three-pointer, on his way to a 13-point night for OSU. Tony Stockman also had 13 for the Buckeyes.

Terence Dials added nine points for OSU. J.J. Sullinger scored OSU's first eight points, but finished with just nine when he fouled out with 6:47 left. Shun Jenkins had five points, while Brandon Fuss-Cheatham had four.

Team captain Velimir Radinovic had just one point. In two games, he has scored just three points.

OSU twice led by as many as five points in the first half, the last time on a rebound basket by Dials to put the Buckeyes up 29-24 with 4:13 left in the half. But SDSU rallied behind Stokes, who hit a deep three-pointer, to tie the game at 32-32 at halftime.

Stockman canned a 22-foot three-pointer to give OSU its last lead at 37-35 with 18:08 left in the game.

San Diego State then reeled off 21 of the game's next 22 points with Heath burying four three-pointers during this stretch to help the Aztecs take a 56-38 lead with 12:07 left. OSU went six minutes, 17 seconds without a made field goal before Harris hit a 12-foot jumper to end the drought with 11:51 left.

The closest OSU got the rest of the way was 13 points at 59-46 after Dials made two free throws with 9:00 left. SDSU led by as many as 24 points in the closing minutes.

OSU moves into the loser's bracket, where it will face Central Michigan at 2 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday. That game will not be televised. CMU fell to Dayton 82-63 in an opening round game Monday.


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