Nov 24, 2003
By JIM O’CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
LAHAINA, Hawaii – Freshman Brandon Heath scored 28 points and San Diego State tied the school record with 13 3-pointers in an 83-61 victory over Ohio State on Monday night in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
Wesley Stokes added 22 points for the Aztecs (2-0), who advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals and will play Dayton, which beat Central Michigan 82-63.
Heath had five of the 3-pointers, including three during the 21-1 run in the second half that broke the game open.
The game was tied 32-all at halftime and the Aztecs were in it only because of their long-range shooting. They were 7-for-14 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half and 2-for-14 from inside it.
Tony Stockman and Ivan Harris each had 13 points for the Buckeyes (0-2).
Ohio State led 37-35 two minutes into the second half when the Aztecs took over.
Heath, who had 12 points in the season-opening win over Long Beach State, started the run with a 3 with 17:43 left and it ended on two free throws by freshman Marcus Slaughter with 12:07 left that made it 56-38.
Heath had two other 3s in the run, and Stokes and Chris Walton each had one.
Ohio State missed four shots and turned the ball over five times in that span and its only point came on a free throw by Velimir Radinovic, who missed three other foul shots in the run.
Stokes tied the school record when he hit his fourth 3 that made it 68-48 with 6:13 to play. The Aztecs had 13 3s in 25 attempts against UNLV on Jan. 24, 2001. They were 10-for-28 from 3-point range in the 74-44 win over Long Beach State last week.
Heath was 5-for-6 on 3s and Stokes was 4-for-6 as the Aztecs went 13-for-22.