COLUMBUS - First-team all-stater Kipper Nichols scored 25 points and Lakewood St. Edward (25-2) shot 72 percent from the field as the Eagles defeated Cleveland East Tech, 89-64, on Friday in a Division I boys state semifinal.
St. Edward, ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll, will try to win its second state title in Saturday's final. The Eagles led 43-23 at halftime and made 17 of 22 field goals (77 percent) in the second half. Darien Knowles added 14 points for the winners.
Anthony Carmon led the Scarabs (23-5) with 16 points while Johnell Free added 15. East Tech, which was making its 11th trip to the final four but first since 1972, made just 39 percent of its field goals and lost the rebounding battle 37-20.