ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cal State Long Beach survived the consolation-game blues Sunday night when guard Morlon Wiley made a free throw with five seconds left for an 89-88 victory over North Texas State.
The victory gave the 49ers third place in the Lobo Invitational.
"We were a little down from last night," said Wiley, referring to the 49ers' 93-86 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night. "But we pulled together when it counted."
Wiley followed his 30-point performance against Ohio State with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals.
In the championship game, Hunter Greene scored 28 points and Charlie Thomas added 24 as New Mexico beat Ohio State, 74-65. New Mexico, winning its tournament for the first time since 1983, is 10-3. Ohio State is 6-3.
Greene and Thomas, who had 15 rebounds, repeatedly beat the Ohio State defense for easy baskets.
Guard Jay Burson led Ohio State with 21 points, while Curtis Wilson added 15 and Jerry Francis 10.
New Mexico opened up a 14-3 lead and Ohio State never recovered, although the Buckeyes got within seven, 52-45, with 7:34 left in the game on a layup by Burson.