COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Matt Lehman’s four free throws in the final 38 seconds helped defending champion Columbus Bishop Watterson stave a late rally by Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary for a 56-51 victory Thursday in a Division II boys state semifinal at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.
The Eagles (26-2) advanced to play Norwalk for their second state championship in Saturday’s title game. St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-10), who lost the 2013 title game 55-52 to Watterson, went on an 18-4 run to tie at 44-44 with six minutes to play but never took the lead.
Lehman had 19 points and his free throws helped Watterson, No.2 in the Associated Press final regular-season poll, build a seven-point lead in the final minute. Jalen Hudson led St. Vincent-St. Mary with 18 points.